NDP MLA Melanie Mark says new infrastructure funding a boost for community services

NDP MLA Adam Walker says extensive funding will support great projects for people in the Oceanside region

March 3, 2023 at 12:57 pm  Politics, Provincial

Parksville – New Democrat MLA Adam Walker says that a historic investment of over $10 million for the Oceanside Region will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

“Our cities, towns and regional districts play a key role in planning for our community’s growth and success,” said Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “Our government, led by David Eby, is investing in communities so they can continue providing excellent services for people.”

As communities continue to grow, local governments are having to meet the 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.

The following local governments are receiving funding:

  • Lantzville, $1,910,000
  • Parksville, $4,789,000
  • Qualicum Beach, $3,346,000

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

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