NDP MLA Nicholas Simons says extensive funding will support great projects for people in Powell River-Sunshine Coast

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POWELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says that a historic investment of over $14 million for Powell River-Sunshine Coast will enable the communities to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful place to call home, and with our unique beauty comes our own specific needs,” said Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “Fortunately, our local governments don’t have to do it alone. This provincial investment will help ensure that our local services and infrastructure meet our communities’ needs.”

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.

In the Powell-River Sunshine Coast area, local governments are receiving the following:

  • Powell River- $4,218,000
  • Sechelt- $3,759,000
  • Gibsons- $2,314,000
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District- $2,221,000
  • Qathet Regional District- $1,367,000
  • Sechelt Indian Government- $783,000

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).

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