MLA Trevena welcomes funding to reduce wildfire risk in North Island

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PORT MCNEILL – New Democrat MLA for North Island Claire Trevena is welcoming a total of $68,975 for education and emergency planning to reduce wildfire risk in three North Island communities.

“People in the North Island want to be prepared for the risk of wildfires,” said MLA Trevena. “This funding will help communities put an emergency plan in place and make sure that people are familiar with wildfire prevention and response.”

The specific breakdown of funding per community is as follows:

  • Homalco First Nation: $18,975 to assist with education, emergency planning
  • Town of Port McNeill: $25,000 to assist with planning
  • Quatsino First Nation: $25,000 to assist with planning

Port McNeil and the Homalco & Quatsino First Nation are three of almost 90 local governments and First Nations throughout BC benefiting from almost $9 million in new provincial government grants to support wildfire risk reduction projects through the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program.

The CRI program helps reduce wildfire risks and impacts in BC communities by providing funding and support to complete FireSmart initiatives and fuel management activities. The program is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

Since launching the CRI program in September 2018, the BC New Democrat government has invested more than $18.6 million to support 209 projects helping local governments and First Nations mitigate wildfire threats around their communities.

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