MLA Doug Routley welcomes funding for local environmental and public safety organizations

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NANAIMO – New Democrat MLA Doug Routley is welcoming $144,000 in funding for 3 not-for-profit organizations in Nanaimo, Ladysmith and on Gabriola Island. The organizations, which provide environmental and public safety services, are receiving funds through the Community Gaming Grants program.

“These local organizations are full of dedicated volunteers who are committed to keeping people in our community safe,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “We all hope to never need services like search and rescue, but we also know the importance of these services, which in some cases make the difference between life and death. I am pleased to welcome this funding to our community to help ensure these organizations, and their volunteers, are supported in their commitment to public safety.”

The recipients of the community grant funding are:

  • Ladysmith & District Marine Rescue Society: $39,900
  • Nanaimo Search & Rescue Society: $95,500
  • B.C. Marine Trails Network Association: $8,600

In 2019-20, the Province is providing approximately $4.6 million to more than 135 organizations in the environment sector. Environmental programming gives British Columbians the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature. The grants also support wildlife rehabilitation programs and shelters for animals.

The Province is also providing approximately $5.6 million to nearly 125 organizations in the public safety sector. Through public safety programs, non-profit organizations provide emergency and lifesaving services including search and rescue activities, volunteer fire departments, emergency preparedness, and community and restorative justice for people across the province.

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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