Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Province distributes infrastructure funding to 30 communities across BC

Municipal Affairs and Housing
Minister Selina Robinson
is sending funding to a number
of BC communities this week
to address infrastructure issues
The cheque is in the mail for thirty BC communities this week, as the Province of British Columbia announces the details of a funding boost of 282,000 dollars in grants towards the planning, design and management of sustainable infrastructure.

From that pool of available money, 10,000 dollars is to be delivered to local governments to help in the improvement or development of a comprehensive long-term plan for infrastructure such as water, waste water and drainage.

Selina Robinson, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing made the announcement on Tuesday and noted that planning for infrastructure concerns was a theme for discussion at the recent UBCM convention in Vancouver.

“The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program is a way for the Province to help set up local governments for success,” ... “In my conversations with local government representatives at the recent Union of BC Municipalities convention, I heard that infrastructure is a priority. These grants will help ensure infrastructure is delivered through careful planning and collaborative solutions, which will benefit local communities.”

Two communities in the Northwest have benefited from this round of program delivery, with Burns Lake and the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District both awarded the funding for their submissions to the program.

It wasn't noted in the funding advisory if other communities such as the City of Prince Rupert, or North Coast Regional District had submitted a proposal for this current round of grant applications.

The next round of decisions related to the program will be made based on applications that are submitted by January 17th of 2018.

A look at some of the infrastructure grants that are available to municipal governments can be found here.

You can review the full announcement from the province here.

Notes on infrastructure in Prince Rupert can be reviewed here, our archive of items related to developments out of the Legislature in Victoria can be found here.

1 comment:

  1. The planning funds are modest but as the announcement notes municipalities can use the money to prepare applications for capital grants later on, when a lot more is on the table.

    Prince Rupert isn't on the list, but nonetheless claimed great success at the UBCM conference, but on what basis is unclear. There's the usual vague talk about developing partnerships and so on, and of course there were some selfies.