NDP MLA Osborne says new recovery funding will help local fairs, festivals and events resume on the West Coast

POR ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says new support from the BC New Democrat government will help local fairs, festivals and community events resume on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

“Hard-working people put on great events in communities across the West Coast all year-round,” said MLA Osborne. “COVID-19 postponed or canceled some of those events, making it difficult for organizers to plan for the next year. I’m so excited that we’re able to support them and keep these great events alive for locals and visitors alike.”

9 fairs, festivals, and events in the region will benefit from nearly $275,000 in recovery funding. Events and festivals like the Alberni District Fall Fair, Carving on the Edge in Tofino, and the Pacific Rim Whale Festival in Ucluelet are among the recipients.

These fairs, festivals, and events are among the 680 events across the province supported by the BC New Democrat government’s investment. The government is providing nearly $30 million in one-time grants to eligible event organizers to support their efforts to resume safely. Grant amounts for each event are up to 20% of the total event budget, up to a maximum of $250,000.

Successful recipients demonstrated the economic and social benefits of their event, as well as strong local or regional support. Examples of eligible expenses include operational costs, health and safety measures, venue rental, marketing, wages and promotion.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $225 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.

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B.C. fairs, festivals and events benefit from recovery funding