NDP MLAs say funding will support events in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

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MAPLE RIDGE– New Democrat MLAs Lisa Beare and Bob D’Eith are announcing recipients of provincial funding to help make sure local fairs, festivals and other events continue throughout 2023 and 2024.

“There are so many amazing and eclectic local events that happen in our area. Whether it is Pitt Meadows Days, the Carribean Festival, or Rock Maple Ridge, there’s something for every interest. By supporting events like these, our government is giving a boost to local business, tourism, culture and connection,” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

In Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, 12 events are receiving nearly $170,000 including $72,900 for Rock Maple Ridge and $16,000 for the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival.

This investment into local events is part of the $30 million in one-time grants the province pledged for Fairs, Festivals, and Events to continue the recovery of a vibrant and strong tourism industry and support our innovative arts industry in B.C.

“Whether in Maple Ridge, Mission, or across the province, funding for local fairs, festivals and events helps British Columbians connect with their neighbours and join as a community to enjoy music, art, food and sport. As Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film I know how far this funding goes in making sure our favourite local events, and new ones, are able to bring joy to our communities,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission.

This builds upon the success of the BC Fairs, Festivals and Events Program funding in 2021, which provided one-time grants for events to safely return after facing the covid-19 pandemic. These grants for 2023 will support a range of events in locations all over B.C., and associated event costs.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28246