Comox Valley communities to get infrastructure and jobs boost through B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, says MLA Leonard

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COURTENAY – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says that communities in the Comox Valley will be able to recover more quickly from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with help from close to $1.9 million in new funding for local infrastructure projects.

“In these rough times, it’s great to be able to look forward to having new spaces to enjoy in our community,” said Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “Our government is totally committed to building a COVID-19 economic recovery that works for people and communities first and foremost. Making investments like these in community infrastructure is a key part of that. These projects will give a double-benefit of boosting our local economy and building things that people will be able to use in their everyday lives.”

In the Comox Valley the funding is going to three projects, including:

– Comox- a new Marine Services Building for the Comox Marina ($1,000,000)

– Black Creek Community Association- construction of a new outdoor community gathering structure ($398,970)

– K’omoks Economic Development Corporation- expansion of the Puntledge RV Campground ($485,662)

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 shovel-worthy 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.

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