A series of 10 projects have received funding today, primarily for Mackenzie and Valemount. The MLA’s for those communities were on hand to make the announcement of the renewed $25 million Rural Dividend fund, targeting smaller BC communities.
Those projects are as follows:
* $100,000 to support the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society upgrades and rehabilitation of the Frost Lake Trail.
* $100,000 to support Community Futures Development Corporation of Fraser Fort George to deliver a training and support program to help farmers access tools and resources offered through Small Business B.C.’s Export Navigator.
* $100,000 to support the Village of Valemount to develop a digital tool to assess the capacity of the newly created Valemount Community Forest.
* $100,000 to support the Valemount Learning Society to create a non-profit college.
* $75,562 to the District of Mackenzie for the development of four new trails following the perimeter of Little Mac Ski Hill.
These investments are expected to support up to 26,600 direct and indirect jobs with an overall impact of $2.8 billion to provincial GDP. In addition, over $811,000 is being invested in Prince George through the Canada-B.C. Job Fund and the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers for five programs:
* $130,972 for the Prince George Employment Services Society to deliver the Seasons Employment Program for Older Workers.
* $248,111 for the Prince George Employment Services Society to deliver the Essential Skills Training and Job Readiness Program.
* $85,609 for the Community Futures Development Corporation of Fraser Fort George to deliver the Cariboo Business Entrepreneur Skills Training.
* $190,655 for the YMCA of Northern B.C. to deliver Youth Works program.
* $156,000 to the College of New Caledonia to deliver the Reintegration Industry Readiness Training.
For Prince George-Valemount MLA, Shirley Bond, as goes rural BC, so goes the rest of BC.
“The release of the rural economic development strategy today lays out a plan to support job creation and economic development in rural B.C. and provides funding for specific initiatives,” says Bond. “e want to ensure that rural B.C. is a place where families choose to live, work and raise their families.”
Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General –
“Northern B.C is a unique part of the province, with our own context, strengths and challenges. In the current global environment, projects to diversify our local economies are vital to ensuring the North remains a great place to work and live.”