NDP MLAs say funding will help local governments to deliver housing faster in Mission

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MISSION- New Democrat MLAs Pam Alexis and Bob D’Eith say local governments will receive funding that will help them implement new provincial legislation to build more homes for people faster.

“As the population of our province continues to grow, we’re giving local governments a hand with pressing housing needs by providing up-front funding to help transition to new housing regulations” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “It’s great to have so many levels of government working together towards the same goal of getting more people into homes, faster.”

The City of Mission is receiving $345,952 and the Fraser Valley Regional District is receiving $203,923.

“Last year we introduced new housing regulations to help build more housing, faster in B.C.,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Now, we’re making sure communities across the province are supported in making the changes they need to put the new regulations into place.”

In response to the new provincial housing legislation passed in 2023, the New Democratic government is providing $51 million to 188 local governments to help them meet the new requirements.

This money will be utilized by local governments to improve planning, development and reporting processes, hire new staff and consultants and help governing bodies become more efficient at approving housing. Smaller municipalities will especially benefit from this funding as they have fewer resources to make changes.

This funding is part of the historic $19-billion housing investment by the province. Since 2017, more than 77,000 homes that have been delivered or are underway across B.C.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2024HOUS0006-000051