NDP MLA Josie Osborne says extensive funding will support great projects for people in Mid Island-Pacific Rim

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PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says that a historic investment of over $13 million for Mid Island-Pacific Rim will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

“Local government services play an important role in our daily lives, from recycling services to community centers,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “That’s why we’re supporting communities as their populations – and the demand on their resources – grow, so they don’t have to do it alone.”

As communities continue to grow, local governments are having to meet increased strain on infrastructure and amenities including, roads, transit, water and electrical systems, as well as community centers, parks and social services. The Growing Communities Fund is a landmark investment that will see the BCNDP government distribute $1 billion across B.C.’s 188 municipalities and regional districts to support their unique needs.

In Mid Island-Pacific Rim, local governments are receiving the following:

  • Port Alberni- $5,269,000
  • Cumberland- $2,777,000
  • Tofino- $1,946,000
  • Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District- $1,833,000
  • Ucluelet- $1,489,000

This one-time fund supports the Union of BC Municipalities’ (UBCM) 2022 Resolution EB58, Improving Provincial Grant Process, and recommendation five of their 2021 report, Ensuring Local Government Financial Resiliency. The grants are intended to complement, rather than displace, existing infrastructure funding (like sewer, water, roads).

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28303