NDP MLA says people in Tofino will benefit from funds to reduce the risks of natural disasters

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TOFINO  New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says that people in Tofino will benefit from provincial funding to help reduce risks from future disaster related natural hazards and climate change.

“Climate change continues to pose real, and constantly changing threats to people across British Columbia,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “To help protect our environment and our communities, investments in planning and infrastructure are critical so communities like Tofino can continue to build resilience, support people, and be prepared for climate-related and natural disasters.”

Tofino is receiving $150,000 in funding for the Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structure: Preliminary Planning and Class C Cost Estimate project.

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