NDP MLAs Lore, Dean, and Fleming say extensive funding will support great projects for people in Greater Victoria

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Victoria – New Democrat MLAs Grace Lore, Mitzi Dean, and Rob Fleming say that a historic investment of over $53 million for Greater Victoria will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as the population grows.

“Victoria is known for its beautiful parks, natural scenery, and vibrant neighbourhoods, but we need improved infrastructure and amenities to support the growing community,” says Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. “By investing in our local government, we’re ensuring a bright future for our cities.”

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.

“People in our communities will soon be benefitting from new and improved amenities and infrastructure through the Growing Communities Fund,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “I’m thrilled that our government is supporting municipalities so that we’re able to meet the demands of our growing population.”

In Greater Victoria, the following local governments are receiving funding:

  • Esquimalt, $4,710,000
  • Oak Bay, $4,773,000
  • Saanich, $14,634,000
  • Victoria, $12,852,000
  • View Royal, $4,665,000
  • Capital Regional District, $11,559,000

“The Growing Communities Fund will help Victoria to meet its goals as our city continues to grow,” said Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “This investment will ensure that services and amenities continue to be there for people.”

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).

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28303