NDP MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare say extensive funding will support great projects for people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

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MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS– New Democrat MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare say that an historic investment of over $20 million for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will enable these communities to fund key projectsensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

“Maple Ridge and Mission are both growing and need the infrastructure and amenities to support a thriving community,” says Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “The Growing Communities Fund will support local governments in British Columbia to invest in their communities and their future.”

As communities continue to grow, local governments are having to meet increased strain on infrastructure and amenities including, roads, transit, water and electrical systems, as well as community centers, parks and social services. The Growing Communities Fund is a landmark investment that will see the BCNDP government distribute $1 billion across B.C.’s 188 municipalities and regional districts to support their unique needs. 

The city of Maple Ridge is receiving $16,586,000, and Pitt Meadows is receiving $5,370,000.

“It’s exciting to see our government invest in a strong future for communities,” says Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “With this historic investment, we’re ensuring that local governments can continue to provide accessible services that people in their communities need.”

This one-time fund supports the Union of BC Municipalities’ (UBCM) 2022 Resolution EB58, Improving Provincial Grant Process, and recommendation five of their 2021 report, Ensuring Local Government Financial Resiliency. The grants are intended to complement, rather than displace, existing infrastructure funding (like sewer, water, roads).