ABBOTSFORD– New Democrat MLA Pam Alexis says local governments will receive funding that will help implement new provincial legislation to build more homes for people faster.
“As the population of our province continues to grow, we’re giving local governments a hand with pressing housing needs by providing up-front funding to help transition to new housing regulations” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “It’s great to have so many levels of government working together towards the same goal of getting more people into homes, faster.”
The city of Abbotsford is receiving $910,980 and the Fraser Valley Regional District is receiving $203,293.
In response to the new provincial housing legislation passed in 2023, the New Democratic government is providing $51 million to 188 local governments to help them meet the new requirements.
This money will be utilized by local governments to improve planning, development and reporting processes, hire new staff and consultants and help governing bodies become more efficient at approving housing. Smaller municipalities will especially benefit from this funding as they have fewer resources to make changes.
This funding is part of the historic $19-billion housing investment by the province. Since 2017, more than 77,000 homes have been delivered or are underway across B.C.