Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Nathan Cullen shares word of significant funding for Northwest programs

The British Columbia Government and Northern Development Initiative Trust have teamed up to announce some significant funding for a number of programs for Northwest communities for 2023.

Eight Projects will benefit from the 2.1 million dollars in funding announced by the Minister of Municipal Affairs Anne Kang on Tuesday.

“Communities in B.C.’s North will be enhanced from the initiatives that this funding supports. Organizations receiving funding will work to increase services in their communities, such as improving access to daycare, a community gathering space, housing and more. I encourage all eligible local governments, non-profit organizations and First Nations to apply for this funding.” -- Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. 

Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen, who is also Minister of Water. Land and Resource Stewardship shared his enthusiasm for the announcement through his Social Media stream on Tuesday.

Mr. Cullen also spoke to the funding as part of the official announcement on the day.

“Significant development in the North, like in my home community of Smithers, is bringing many opportunities to the people here. Through this funding, we’re ensuring that local governments, non-profit organizations and First Nations are supported to help communities thrive.”

Among the Northwest programs to receive funding, was a Child Care plan  in Smithers which received $27,000, Transitional Housing and Daycare in Kitimat gains $500,000 while Terrace will be the home for one of the provincial Foundry programs, with  $420,000 allocated to that program.

“Terrace and District Community Services Society is very grateful to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for awarding our charity a grant for $500,000 to be used to bring a permanent Foundry Terrace centre to our community. This is a major project for our region and community to enhance and increase the health and wellness resources available for youth and their families.” -- Michael McFetridge, executive director, Terrace and District Community Services Society.
The funding stream delivery yesterday stopped it seems just East of the Kitsumkalum bridge; with no announcements for programs for the North Coast or on Haida Gwaii announced as part of Tuesday's flow of good news.

The program continues to accept applications for the next funding intake, with new projects to be announced over the course of the next three years until 2026.

The list of the successful communities from Tuesday's announcement  can be reviewed here.

The full roll out of the funding can be reviewed here

NDIT also has background on the Northern Health Communities Fund which you can explore here.

The announcement session towards the funding can be reviewed below:

More notes from the Legislature can be explored here.

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