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

NDP MLA Nathan Cullen says extensive funding will support great projects for people in Smithers

March 3, 2023 at 12:53 pm  Politics, Provincial

SMITHERS – New Democrat MLA Nathan Cullen says that an historic 2.3 million investment for Smithers will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

“People in rural B.C. are proud of their communities and the resources they have to offer,” says Nathan Cullen. “I’m pleased our government is supporting rural communities as they continue to grow, and that people will have access to the infrastructure and services they need to thrive.”

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

In Smithers, the Town of Smithers is receiving $2,320,000.

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).

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