NDP MLA Jennifer Rice says new support for tourism projects in the North Coast will attract visitors and boost local economies

February 4, 2022 at 2:56 pm  Politics, Provincial

HAIDA GWAII  New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice says new support from the BC NDP government for tourism projects in the North Coast will attract visitors, boost local economies and help communities recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Haida Gwaii is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and sunsets in the world,” said Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “Whether you want to go camping at Hiellen Village and take a stroll down North Beach or take in the beautiful sunsets on top of the bird tower at Sunset Park, you can rest assured those community assets will be improved and expanded. The tourism sector was hit hard here in B.C., and this was especially felt on Haida Gwaii. This funding will ensure Hiellen Village Campground and Sunset Park continue to grow and be used for years to come by both visitors and locals alike.”

This funding of $1,068,371  is part of a $21.3 million investment from the BC New Democrat government for shovel-ready destination development projects. People in Haida Gwaii will benefit from this funding, as it will not only support people working in tourism but also help grow the local economy into the future.

The destination development funding invests in implementation-ready tourism infrastructure and amenities projects that support the recovery and resilience of tourism by creating jobs and developing infrastructure that will attract visitors to B.C. communities in the near and long term.  Projects were chosen for their demonstrated tourism benefits to communities and British Columbians, along with new jobs, many of which will provide employment for apprentices, youth, new Canadians, women, and First Nations.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the New Democrat government has worked closely with B.C.’s tourism sector and provided $228 million in support to ensure businesses and non-profits can continue to draw visitors and benefit local communities for years to come.

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For more information on destination development funding and a list of projects, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022TACS0003-000124

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