NDP MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says grants will support local organizations and keep people and the environment safe

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COURTENAY – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says local organizations will be able to protect local ecosystems and keep people safe thanks to $396,400 from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“Not-for-profit organizations do amazing work in our community,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “From watershed protection to animal rescue and even community justice, I know that this funding will go a long way in making a positive impact.”

In Courtenay-Comox, 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.

  • North Island Amateur Radio Society- $6,500
  • Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society- $25,400
  • Comox Valley Ground Search & Rescue Association- $91,500
  • Community Justice Centre of the Comox Valley Society- $40,000

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

  • Cat Advocates Teaching & Saving Society- $15,000
  • Tsolum River Restoration Society- $25,000
  • Comox Valley Land Trust- $13,000
  • Comox Valley Project Watershed Society- $90,000
  • Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society- $25,000
  • Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS)- $65,000

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