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NDP MLAs Bowinn Ma and Susie Chant say grants will support local organizations and keep people and the environment safe

March 23, 2023 at 12:13 pm  Politics, Provincial

NORTH VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLAs Bowinn Ma and Susie Chant say local organizations will be able to protect local ecosystems and keep people safe thanks to $454,000 from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“Despite the many challenges we have faced over the last few years – including the pandemic, extreme weather, and the ongoing toxic drug crisis – we have outstanding local organizations right here in North Vancouver working hard to make our community stronger,” says Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “These grants help ensure they can continue this important work in public safety and environmental protection.”

In the North Shore, the following community organizations are receiving funding for public safety work, which can include restorative justice, firefighting, search and rescue, emergency preparedness and community safety.

  • North Shore Restorative Justice Society – $120,000.00
  • North Shore Lifeboat Society – $63,000.00
  • North Shore Mountain Bike Association – $25,000.00

The following local organizations are receiving funding for environmental initiatives, such as animal protection, conservation and environmental awareness programs:

  • WBT Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia – $50,000.00
  • Young Naturalists’ Club of British Columbia Society – $38,000.00
  • Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC – $35,000.00
  • Federation of British Columbia Naturalist – $35,000.00
  • A Voice4paws Canine Rescue Society – $30,000.00
  • North Shore Black Bear Society – $26,000.00
  • Vancouver Avian Research Centre Society – $17,500.00
  • Seymour Salmonid Society – $14,500.00

“People in North Vancouver understand how important it is to invest in our local ecosystems and environment,” says Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver – Seymour. “This funding will help ensure local non-profits can continue their amazing work in our community.”

More than $12 million in new funding for public safety and environment programs will support 281 non-profit organizations that are helping make life better for people throughout B.C.

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28426

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