ABBOTSFORD – New Democrat MLA Pam Alexis says that communities around Abbotsford and Mission will be able to recover more quickly from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with help from over $2.2 million in new funding for local infrastructure projects.
“British Columbians have been working hard to keep each other safe since last March, and it’s important that we invest in their futures and the path forward,” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “Whether building new infrastructure or upgrading current landmarks, this funding will help communities recover by creating new revenue opportunities and boosting tourism once we can all travel freely again.”
In Abbotsford-Mission, funding is going to multiple projects, including:
- The Mission Museum Rehabilitation Project
- HAS Applied Heritage Preservation Project
- A new 7000ft2 greenhouse facility at Leq’a:mel
- Mission Community Skills Centre Society’s Fraser Valley Artisans’ Food Centre
This funding is coming through B.C.’s CERIP (Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program) which is providing $100 million in one-time infrastructure grants for impactful projects across B.C. These projects will improve community economic resilience, develop tourism infrastructure, support unique heritage infrastructure, and support economic recovery for rural communities.
CERIP’s funding is distributed through different provincial ministries, including Municipal Affairs; Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport; and Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operators and Rural Development.
This funding is part of BC’s $10 billion COVID-19 response to help support people, businesses, communities, and critical services, and build a strong economic recovery that works for everyone.
Heritage BC release: https://heritagebc.ca/uhi-cerip-funding-announcement-february-22-2021/
FLNRO release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021FLNRO0010-000310
MUNI release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021MUNI0015-000317
Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program: