NDP MLA says funding will help host events like SalmonFest in the North Island

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CAMPBELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk is announcing recipients of provincial funding to help make sure local fairs, festivals and other events continue throughout 2023 and 2024.  

“As we continue to come out of the pandemic its more important than ever for people to come together and enjoy food and entertainment in their communities, said Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “I am pleased that we are providing support to these important events.”

In the North Island, seven events are receiving a total of $61,300 including $11,700 for the SalmonFest 2023 and $20,400 for the North Island Professional Contemporary Dance Series. 

This investment into local events is part of the $30 million in one-time grants the province pledged for Fairs, Festivals, and Events to continue the recovery of a vibrant and strong tourism industry and support our innovative arts industry in B.C.  

This builds upon the success of the BC Fairs, Festivals and Events Program funding in 2021, which provided one-time grants for events to safely return after facing the covid-19 pandemic. These grants for 2023 will support a range of events in locations all over B.C., and associated event costs. 

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