NDP MLA Murray Rankin says funding will help host events like GreekFest in Saanich

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SAANICH – New Democrat MLA Murray Rankin is announcing recipients of provincial funding to help make sure local fairs, festivals and other events continue throughout 2023 and 2024.

“People around our community and around our province have felt the impacts of isolation in recent years,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “I’m pleased we are providing this funding to make sure that events are taking place all over B.C. for people to enjoy.”

In Saanich, 17 events are receiving a almost $260,000 in funding, including $36,200 for the Victoria GreekFest 2023, $58,300 for the Ironman 70.3, and $4,900 for the Strawberry Festival

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.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28246

Backgrounder: https://www2.qa.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tourism-immigration/tourism-resources/tourism-funding-programs/fairs-festivals-events-fund