Corridor Development Corporation has been central to the natural synergy
of transportation and trade from its early roots. The idea of such a
corporation was initiated in 1996 by way of an inter-provincial
conference addressing serious northern transportation challenges.
Conference proceedings led to a 1997 federal study on transportation and
One of the study's
top recommendations was to implement a self-sustaining organization to
promote Canadian trade potential through a northern route and from
Asia-Pacific markets. The 1997 study went on to say facilitating greater
awareness of trade benefits from using the north as well as south
transportation corridors in Western Canada needed to be undertaken,
heading into the new millennium.
Northwest Corridor Development Corporation (NCDC) was officially
established as a federal not-for-profit organization in 1998 to raise
awareness of Canada’s underutilized northern transportation corridor.
From this beginning, the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation
(NCDC) grew into an organization of organizations, both private and
public. NCDC Membership grew to include utilities, transportation
companies, manufacturers, labour groups and all three levels of
government, many of whom remain as active members today.