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

NDP MLA Doug Routley says extensive funding will support great projects for people in the Cowichan Valley

March 3, 2023 at 12:59 pm  Politics, Provincial

Cowichan Valley – New Democrat MLA Doug Routley says that a historic investment of almost $21 million in the Cowichan Valley Region will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

“People in our region count on the services that local governments provide,” says Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “That is why we are committed to working with communities and helping improve infrastructure and amenities 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:

  • Cowichan Valley Regional District, $5,649,000
  • Duncan, $2,135,000
  • Ladysmith, $3,406,000
  • Lake Cowichan, $1,936,000
  • North Cowichan, $7,686,000

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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