NDP MLA Michele Babchuk says grants will support local organizations and keep people and the environment safe

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CAMPBELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk says local organizations will be able to protect local ecosystems and keep people safe thanks to $293,685 from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“Keeping people safe in the outdoors is especially important in our region, with so many beautiful places to explore,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for the North Island. “That is why we’re providing grants to North Island organizations that are promoting environmental stewardship and safety.”

In the North Island, the following community organizations are receiving funding for public safety work, which can include restorative justice, firefighting, search and rescue, emergency preparedness and community safety:

  • Campbell River Search & Rescue Society- $73,000
  • Cortes Island Fire-Fighting Association- $97,685
  • Cortes Community Radio Society- $25,000

The following local organizations are receiving funding for environmental initiatives, such as animal protection, conservation and environmental awareness programs:

  • Friends of Cortes Island Society- $28,000
  • Discovery Passage Aquarium Society- $24,000
  • Discovery Coast Greenways Land Trust- $46,000

More than $12 million in new funding for public safety and environment programs will support 281 non-profit organizations that are helping make life better for people throughout B.C.

Learn more:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MUNI0019-000376