An aerial view of Jumbo Glacier, looking across at Dome Glacier. Photo by Trevor Florence.

The controversial Jumbo Glacier Resort has been approved, the Liberal government has confirmed.

More than two decades after a proposal to build the $450 million resort surfaced, the provincial government has signed the resort’s Master Development Agreement the final step in a 22-year process that now gives the developer, Glacier Resorts Ltd., the green light to move forward with the project.

The Liberal government made the explosive announcement at noon today from the legislature in Victoria.

“After more than 20 years of comprehensive and exhaustive reviews, it was time to make a decision. I approved Jumbo Glacier Resort’s Master Development Agreement after reviewing all of the relevant documentation, and meeting with both First Nations and the proponent,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

For reactions from the developer, First Nations groups and environmentalists, read this Friday’s Pioneer.