PRINCE RUPERT – New Democrat Jennifer Rice says new support from the BC NDP government will help anchor attractions in the North Coast recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, attract visitors and provide local jobs.
“The pandemic has shown us all how important anchor attractions are for people and businesses here in the North,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “This new funding will help make sure people can continue to visit the major anchor attractions in our community, while creating new jobs and boosting our local economy.”
Anchor attractions receiving support include: Northern BC Museum Association, Qay’Llnagaay Heritage Centre, and Tluu Xaada Naay Society.
This funding for the North Coast is part of a $36.5 million investment announced earlier this year by the BC New Democrat government. MLA Jennifer Rice said she is glad that people in the riding 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.
Organizations can use the grants to pay for rent and utilities, payroll and costs related to restarting or ramping up operations.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $225 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.