NDP MLA Nicholas Simons say grants will support local organizations and keep people and the environment safe

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POWELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says local organizations will be able to protect local ecosystems and keep people safe thanks to $676,200 from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“Our government understands the important role that local organizations play in community safety,” said Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “Funding local organizations like the Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society will help ensure that volunteers are ready and able to keep people safe out on the water.”

In Powell River-Sunshine Coast, 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.

  • Pender Harbour & District Marine Rescue Society- $26,000
  • Gibsons Marine Rescue Society- $44,700
  • The British Columbia Search Dog Association- $123,000
  • Qathet Community Radio Society- $4,000
  • The British Columbia Search Dog Association- $119,900
  • Powell River Search And Rescue Society- $95,500
  • Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society- $40,000
  • Restorative Justice Program of the Sunshine Coast- $12,000
  • Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society- $33,000

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

  • The Loon Foundation- $80,100
  • Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society- $9,500
  • The Jellyfish Project – $16,000
  • Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society- $40,000
  • Society for Atmosphere Solutions- $7,500
  • Sunshine Coast Conservation Association- $25,000

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