MLA Ma welcomes B.C. government funds for local environment and public safety organizations

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NORTH VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLA Bowinn Ma is welcoming $244,200 in funding for eight not-for-profit organizations in North Vancouver. The organizations, which offer public safety and environmental programs, are receiving the funds through the Community Gaming Grants program.“Our North Vancouver community is blessed to have dedicated not-for-profit organizations like these,” said Ma, the MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “I’m proud that through the Community Gaming Grants, British Columbians are helping them continue their important work.”

The recipients of the community grant funding are the North Shore Lifeboat Society, the North Shore Restorative Justice Society, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of B.C., the Stewardship Centre for B.C., the Federation of British Columbia Naturalists, the Young Naturalists’ Club of B.C. the North Shore Mountain Bike Association, and the Vancouver Avian Research Centre.

Across the province, over 145 public safety-related organizations are receiving more than $6.5 million this year. Through public safety programs, these groups provide emergency and lifesaving services including search and rescue activities, volunteer fire departments, emergency preparedness, community and restorative justice, and more.

Approximately 120 organizations in the environment sector are receiving $3.8 million across the province, providing people with opportunities to learn about and connect with nature, conducting wildlife rehabilitation programs and shelters for animals, helping us adapt to climate change, supporting local food systems, and more.

The Community Gaming Grants program provides up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia each year.

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