NDP MLA Babchuk says people on the North Island will benefit from funds to reduce the risks of disaster related to climate change

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PORT HARDY – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk says that people on the North Island will benefit from provincial funding to help reduce risks from future disaster related natural hazards and climate change.

“As communities in our region face new risks and greater needs due to climate-related emergencies, it’s important to support community preparedness now so we can keep people safer into the future,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “This funding for climate adaptation and emergency preparedness will help equip our communities to deal with difficult situations.”

Projects being funded in the region are listed below:

  • Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation – $144,124 for climate and disaster risk assessment
  • Village of Sayward – $72,000 for the Kelsey Recreation Centre emergency cooling enhancement project

Approximately $2.3 million through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is going to local governments and First Nations across B.C. under the Climate Risk Reduction-Climate Adaptation stream. The funds will help communities to reduce risks from climate-related emergencies, such as floods and extreme heat events. It also supports the Province’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, which outlines a broad range of actions for 2022-2025 to address climate impacts and build resilience across B.C.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/29049