MLA Osborne says funding will support safe social service delivery in Port Alberni

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PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says that nearly $19,000 in funding from the province will help support COVID-safe mental health services in Port Alberni. 


“These are very difficult times for many people, and access to counselling and mental health services is more crucial than ever,” said Osborne, MLA for Mid Island – Pacific Rim. “This funding will help ensure that people in the Alberni Valley can keep accessing these services safely.” 


The funding is going to the Port Alberni Family Guidance Association, which is receiving $18,927 for office renovations to support COVID-19 safety protocols.  


This is one of 53 local not-for-profit organizations around B.C. receiving support this year from the capital project stream of the Community Gaming Grants program.  


This year, the program prioritized capital project requests from not-for-profits facing an increased demand for services or requiring modifications to programs and facilities to meet public health and safety guidelines.  


The program has made it a condition that all grant funding this year complies with Provincial Health Officer orders and is providing flexibility for organizations to delay project and service delivery until they can do so safely. 


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