NDP MLAs Dykeman and Mercier says extensive funding will support great projects for people in Langley

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LANGLEY  New Democrat MLAs Megan Dykeman and Andrew Mercier say that an historic investment of over $31 million for the Langley area will enable the community to fund key projectsensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

“As our community continues to rapidly grow, residents of the Township of Langley need high quality, accessible infrastructure and services that keeps pace with that growth,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley East. “This funding will support local governments in making decisions about investments that will best serve local people, especially as communities like Langley continue to expand.”

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. 

In the Langley area, the City of Langley will receive $7,186,000 and The Langley Township will receive 24,306,000.

“As Langley grows, we have to make sure our local infrastructure can meet the increased demand,” said Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley. “This new funding will make sure that the City of Langley, and municipalities across the province, can keep up with the needs of our communities.”

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).