MLA Scott Fraser welcomes funding for local environmental and public safety organizations

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PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Scott Fraser is welcoming $256,100 in funding for 9 not-for-profit organizations in Mid-Island Pacific Rim. The organizations, which provide environmental and public safety services, are receiving funds through the Community Gaming Grants program.

“These organizations, many of them rescue societies, help make sure people in our community are safe,” said Fraser, the MLA for Mid-Island Pacific Rim. “These grants will help ensure people continue to have access to these important services.”

The recipients of the community grant funding are:

  • Alberni Valley Rescue Squad: $40,000
  • Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society: $74,500
  • Bamfield Volunteer Fire Department: $15,000
  • Broombusters Invasive Plant Society: $17,800
  • Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society, Unit 59: $13,300
  • Port Alberni Marine Rescue Society: $20,000
  • Pacific Rim Marine Search and Rescue Society: $36,300
  • North Island Wildlife Recovery Association: $20,000
  • Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Network Society: $19,200

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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