Thursday, March 29, 2018

BC Rural Dividend Program delivers 1.76 million dollars for projects across Northwest

Communities stretching from Terrace, through to the Nechako Valley and North into the Nass Valley saw a range of programs gain funding on Wednesday.

That as the BC Government allocated almost 1.8 million dollars through it's BC Rural Dividend Fund, with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development relaying the list of projects to move forward.

Among some of the communities to benefit from Wednesday's funding.

Terrace -- awarded $100,000 to identify a preferred location within the city for a transloading and logistics facility to move freight from trains to trucks, and to prepare a business case.

Smithers -- awarded $80,000 to develop an active transportation plan that recommends upgrades to existing infrastructure, or opportunities for new projects. It will also upgrade the community’s Perimeter Trail system.

New Hazelton -- awarded $250,000 for a northern B.C. tourism marketing initiative that both promotes the region as a whole and highlights local communities. Partners include Kermodei Tourism (Terrace), the Nisga'a Lisims government, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and Tourism Kitimat.

Nisga'a Lisims Government -- awarded $100,000 for its Hospitality Art Recreation & Tourism Ambassador program, which is a custom training course aimed at helping members of the Nisga’a community gain entrepreneurial skills and understand how to infuse their culture and traditions into setting up and delivering their own business.

Those four were among eleven projects highlighted Wednesday, the full list can be reviewed here.

The BC Rural Dividend program provides grants to help fund projects that will stabilize rural economies, last week the Prince Rupert office of EcoTrust Canada was the recipient of a 100,000 dollar grant, which is to be put to use towards their North Coast Innovation Lab initiative.

You can review more items of note from the provincial scene through our two MLA's archives.

MLA Ellis Ross (Skeena)
MLA Jennifer Rice (North Coast)

More items of interest related to provincial politics can be found on our D'Arcy McGee blog.

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