NDP MLA Bowinn Ma says new support for tourism project in North Vancouver-Lonsdale will attract visitors and boost local economy

NORTH VANCOUVER New Democrat MLA Bowinn Ma says new support from the BC NDP government for a tourism project in North Vancouver-Lonsdale will attract visitors, boost the local economy and help the community recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Shipyards is a vibrant tourist destination here in North Vancouver with a rich history,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “This million-dollar grant will support further improvements at the Shipyards that will create even more opportunities for small business and events that bring people together as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This funding for the Shipyards is part of a $21.3 million investment from the BC New Democrat government for shovel-ready destination development projects. People in North Vancouver will benefit from this funding, as it will not only support people working in tourism but also help grow the local economy into the future.

The destination development funding invests in implementation-ready tourism infrastructure and amenities projects that support the recovery and resilience of tourism by creating jobs and developing infrastructure that will attract visitors to B.C. communities in the near and long term. Projects were chosen for their demonstrated tourism benefits to communities and British Columbians, along with new jobs, many of which will provide employment for apprentices, youth, new Canadians, women, and First Nations.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $228 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.

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For more information on destination development funding and a list of projects, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022TACS0003-000124