John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Province invests $75 million in the north

Fort St. James is eligible to receive anywhere between $300,000 to $3.7 million.

The province recently announced funding for economic development projects in Fort St. James. The funding is part of a $75 million investment in the north.

This funding was announced May 11 by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Fort St. James is going to receive between $300,000 to $3.7 million through the Northern Capital Planning Grant. The Caledonia Courier has reached out to the the Chief Administrative Officer Melany Helmer, to know the exact amount of funding received and where it will be invested in the community.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has received an additional $1.6 million through funding announced May 11.

Paul Stent, acting mayor for the district of Fort St. James said,” As we look to move beyond the difficulties imposed by COVID-19, Fort St. James will be positioned to invest in water, sewer, and other critical infrastructure and assets which meets the needs of our community today and our vision for tomorrow thanks to the efforts and support of the Province of BC.”

Meanwhile, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof were also recipients of funding through the Northern Capital Planning Grant.

READ MORE: Province invests over $3 M in Vanderhoof for infrastructure development

Mayor Sarrah Storey of Fraser Lake said, “The Village of Fraser Lake is thankful to the Province for this funding. This grant will assist us in the completion of our fourth lagoon project. Grants of this nature help municipalities with infrastructure challenges that are vital for the sustainability of our communities.”

Meanwhile, the province is investing the $75 million announced May 11 through the two programs below, as stated in the press release:

  • The 2020 Northern Capital and Planning Grant provides $50 million directly to local governments to help address their infrastructure needs and as they prepare for major resource and economic development.
  • Another $25 million will be available to communities as they prepare for major economic developments through the B.C. Northern Healthy Communities Fund, which will be administered through the Northern Development Initiative Trust. The fund will be available to local governments, First Nations and non-profits in the region to support local delivery of critical services, such as health and mental health care, housing and child care.

Premier John Horgan said,”Northern B.C. is rich in natural resources, but its strongest asset is its people. We are proud to work in partnership with northern communities. These funds will help address the social and infrastructure needs that arise out of the many exciting economic developments underway in those communities. We are investing in northern jobs, roads and public services – and most importantly, in northern people.”


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

infrastructure

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. government eyes antlerless moose harvest increase in bid to save caribou

Antlerless moose hunts reduce predation for threatened mountain caribou, says ministry

Health and safety regulations to be followed by schools as they reopen Monday

Ministry of Education wrote a letter to parents dated May 28.

B.C. Court of Appeal upholds lower court decision on western boundary of Treaty 8

Several first nations believe the western boundary was and always has been at the Rocky Mountains

School will look a lot different, says Fort St. James Secondary School principal

The principal wrote a letter to parents informing them about what to expect at school on June 1.

7 projects in Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake and Burns Lake receive NKDF funding

Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society announced $139,702 in funding on May 29.

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Greater Victoria drive-thru window smashed after man receives burger without mustard

Greater Victoria Wendy’s staff call police after man allegedly rips Plexiglas barrier off window

Murder charge upgraded in George Floyd case, 3 other cops charged

Floyd’s family and protesters have repeatedly called for criminal charges against all four officers

Most Read