KENT– New Democrat MLA Kelli Paddon says that an historic investment of nearly $13 million for the District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs, and the Fraser Valley Regional District will enable these communities to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.
“Working together with local leaders is a critical part of supporting people in our region, and across the province,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “We are listening to local governments, who know the needs of their communities best, and providing a boost to help them deliver on the things that people count on.”
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.
The funding going to local governments in the region is as follows:
- The District of Kent is receiving $2,742,000
- Harrison Hot Springs is Receiving $1,256,000
- Fraser Valley Regional District will receive $8,801,000.
“The District of Kent is extremely appreciative of the funding. It will help our community realize some important projects sooner. We thank our MLA Kelli Paddon for her continuing working on our behalf,” said Sylvia Pranger, Mayor of the District of Kent.
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).