NDP MLA Jennifer Rice say funding will support events like the Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society W̓áw̓áx̌vtus Celebration on the North Coast

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NORTH COAST – New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice is announcing recipients of provincial funding to help make sure local fairs, festivals and other events continue throughout 2023 and 2024.

“Throughout my riding of North Coast, there are impressive community events to attend,” says Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “This funding will support events like the Salmon Festival to continue, especially after the hardships of the pandemic. I am looking forward to attending many of these events this year.”

On the North Coast, 2 events are receiving a total of $17,200:

  • Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society W̓áw̓áxÌŒvtus Celebration – $11,300
  • Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a PR/PE Society Salmon Festival – $5,900

This investment into local events is part of the $30 million in one-time grants the province pledged for Fairs, Festivals, and Events to continue the recovery of a vibrant and strong tourism industry and support our innovative arts industry in B.C.

This builds upon the success of the BC Fairs, Festivals and Events Program funding in 2021, which provided one-time grants for events to safely return after facing the covid-19 pandemic. These grants for 2023 will support a range of events in locations all over B.C., and associated event costs.

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A backgrounder with event locations and funding information follows: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tourism-immigration/tourism-resources/tourism-funding-programs/fairs-festivals-events-fund