NDP MLA says people in the Sunshine Coast will benefit from funds to reduce the risks of disaster related to climate change 

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SECHELT New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says that people in the Sunshine Coast will benefit from provincial funding to help reduce risks from future disaster related natural hazards and climate change.

“We recognize that the affects of climate change will continue to be challenging, so we have to prepare for them to help keep people and communities safe,” said Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “These investments will go towards important planning and critical infrastructure to improve our communities’ resilience.”

The Sunshine Coast Regional district, along with regional partners including Sechelt, Islands Trust, and Gibsons are receiving $510,000 in funding for the Coastal Flood Risk Mapping and Adaptation Strategy.

Other projects being funded in the region are listed below:

  • Tla’amin Nation- $185,000 for the Shoreline Naturalization Plan

A total of $23.9 million from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) will support communities to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to climate-related emergencies such floods and extreme temperatures.

The Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Adaptation stream under the CEPF supports the Province’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy. The CEPF is administered through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and funds projects that strengthen the resilience of First Nations and local governments in responding to and preparing for natural disasters and climate change.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023EMCR0003-000140