MLA Simons welcomes funding for local environmental and public safety organizations

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POWELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons is welcoming $50,500 in funding for four not-for-profit organizations in Powell River. The organizations, which provide environmental and public safety services, are receiving funds through the Community Gaming Grants program.

“These organizations do really important work in our communities,” said Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “It’s great that we’re able to support them with this well-deserved funding.”

The recipients of the community grant funding are the Powell River Community Radio Society, the British Columbia Search Dog Association, the Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society, and the Wild Ocean Whale Society.

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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For more information about B.C. Community Gaming Grants, visit

The full list of Public Safety and Environment sector grants is available online at