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NDP MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says extensive funding will support great projects for people in the Comox Valley

March 3, 2023 at 10:29 am  Politics, Provincial

COURTENAY– New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says that a historic investment of almost $17 million for the Comox-Valley will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.

“The Comox Valley is home to cultural gems, thriving industries, amazing small businesses, and so much more,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “These amenities draw visitors and new residents to explore all that our riding has to offer. We’re investing in local governments so they have the resources they need to keep our communities vibrant and thriving.”

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 the Comox Valley, local governments are receiving the following:

  • Courtenay- $7,655,000
  • Comox- $4,693,000
  • Comox Valley Regional District- $4,497,000

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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