Communities in Northeast B.C. will receive more than $14 million in extra provincial infrastructure funding for B.C. municipalities this year.
The one-time grants from the Growing Communities Fund are being allocated based on population size and growth.
- Fort St. John – $5,724,000
- Dawson Creek – $3,942,000
- Peace River Regional District – $2,383,000
- Northern Rockies – $1,920,000
- Tumbler Ridge – $1,530,000
- Chetwynd – $1,464,000
- Taylor – $1,095,000
- Hudson’s Hope – $905,000
- Pouce Coupe – $819,000
All told, the lump sum amounts to $14,058,000.
“Our communities are growing and this puts more pressure on community centres, parks and swimming pools that families rely on,” Premier David Eby said in a statement, calling it “the single largest provincial investment in communities in B.C.’s history.”
The money is coming from this year’s projected budget surplus of almost $6 billion, according to the province, and funding will be granted for projects such recreation facilities, parks, water treatment plants, and other community infrastructure “to meet the demands of unprecedented population growth.”
“The new Growing Communities Fund will help local communities get building,” said Eby. “Growing communities need our support and this funding will make a big difference for everyone.”