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

NDP MLAs Popham, Fleming, and Rankin say extensive funding will support great projects for people along the Saanich Peninsula

March 3, 2023 at 1:02 pm  Politics, Provincial

Saanich  New Democrat MLAs Lana Popham, Rob Fleming, and Murray Rankin say that a historic investment of almost $40 million for communities along the Saanich Peninsula will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as the population grows.

“Saanich is a unique community with diverse needs,” said Lana Popham, MLA for Saanich South. “Our government is committed to making sure that communities like ours have the resources they need to build their infrastructure and support people.”

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.

“The Growing Communities Fund will help our region to meet its goals as communities continue to grow,” said Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “This investment will ensure that services and amenities continue to be there for people.”

The following local governments on the Saanich Peninsula are receiving funding:

  • Central Saanich, $5,501,000
  • North Saanich, $4,459,000
  • Saanich, $14,634,000
  • Sidney, $3,820,000
  • Capital Regional District, $11,559,000

“Local governments provide crucial services that allow people to thrive,” says Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “That is why we are supporting our local communities to address their priorities and improve infrastructure and amenities for people.”

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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