NDP MLA Nicholas Simons says double the funding for rural projects will help people in Powell River-Sunshine Coast

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POWELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says that double the funding for B.C.’s newest economic diversification program will enable municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations to complete more projects in rural communities across Powell River-Sunshine Coast.

“Communities and Indigenous groups have bounced back from the pandemic and constantly bring new ideas and initiatives to the table,” said Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “I am grateful to see our government support these initiatives to help them grow and develop cleaner community infrastructure.”

Powell River-Sunshine Coast is receiving $2,060,704.50 as part of the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP) to promote economic diversification, clean economy opportunities and infrastructure development in rural B.C:

  • City of Powell River: Preparation of Airport Industrial Lands, $527,197.00
  • Gambier Island Community Association: Developing a resident and business attraction and retention plan, $84,000.00
  • Gibsons Community Building Society: Gibsons Public Market Heat Pump Project, $75,339.66
  • Powell River Farmers’ Agricultural Institute: Quonset B Electrical Upgrade, $27,467.84
  • qathet Regional District: Economic Development Coordinator, $100,000.00
  • qathet Regional District: Growing A Local Circular Economy Through Waste Diversion, $1,000,000.00
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization: Strengthening Economic Livelihoods on the Sunshine Coast, $96,700.00
  • Tla’amin Nation: Tla’amin Site Operation Plan Development and Site Economic Opportunity Evaluations, $150,000.00

The New Democrat government is investing $66 million this year to support over 200 local, rural projects. Building resilient economies is part of the Province’s work through the StrongerBC Economic Plan to build a strong and sustainable economy through clean and inclusive growth.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023JEDI0020-000476