NDP MLAs say grants will keep local environment safe

BURNABY – New Democrat MLAs Katrina Chen, Janet Routledge, Anne Kang, and Raj Chouhan say local organizations will be able to restore local ecosystems and rescue animals thanks to funding from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental initiatives.

“Not-for-profit organizations across the province have worked hard to support people through this period of uncertainty,” said Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed. “As we work to put this pandemic behind us, our government is here to support these organizations, including several based here in Burnaby.”

In Burnaby, Stream of Dreams Mural Society is receiving a grant of $44,000 and Wild Life Rescue Association of British Columbia is receiving a grant of $140,000 for environmental initiatives, such as ecosystem conservation, animal welfare, and education and outreach programs.

“Burnaby-based organizations like Stream of Dreams Murals Society and Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. help us take care of our beautiful province,” said Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North. “With more and more people now exploring nature for their mental and physical health, the work of these organizations is crucial to our recovery.”

Over $10.5 million is being distributed through the Environment and Public Safety streams of the Community Gaming Grant program for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. $140 million are distributed annually though Community Gaming Grants to roughly 1,500 community not-for-profit organizations across all streams of the program. These grants help organizations build strong, vibrant communities across B.C.


“I know people in Burnaby care deeply about keeping our environment and wildlife healthy,” said Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. “These two local organizations have an impact across the province and our government is committed to supporting their work.”

“I’m grateful for the work of Burnaby-based organizations like Stream of Dreams Murals Society and Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C.,” said Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds. “By providing animal rescue services and environmental awareness, they are building a stronger and healthier province where we can all thrive.”

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022MUNI0005-000123