Province provides grants to rural communities for economic support

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is providing nearly $14 million in grants for over 150 projects to support economic development and recreational opportunities for British Columbians in rural communities throughout the province.

The grants include $5 million for 39 trail and recreation projects and almost $9 million for 114 projects that support rural community development. Projects selected for the one-time grants were chosen from three categories; First Nations, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations.

The City of Fort St. John was awarded $96,000 for the Fort St. John Visitor Centre Feasibility Study, which will help decide the size, amenities, themes, partners, design plan and estimate for construction and operations costs.

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The District of Tumbler Ridge was awarded $500,000 to build a world-class cross-country mountain biking trail for all levels and downhill trails within the UNESCO Global Geopark.

Doig River First Nation was awarded $100,00 for a developmental plan for Urban Land Holdings. An economic analysis of development opportunities for three Doig River First Nation-owned urban fee-simple properties in Fort St. John, to help investigate servicing availability and, create development concepts that illustrate potential development.

Saulteau First Nations was awarded $100,000 to conduct land use and economic planning for Saulteau First Nations’ reserve and fee-simple urban lands that total over 30,000 acres through market analysis, and identify lands for economic commercial, market, residential and industrial development activities.

Northern Environmental Action Team was awarded $100,000 for the Peace Region Food Hub, which will help establish a food hub to facilitate increased production and open up local commercial markets for local producers.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created many unforeseen economic challenges in many rural communities across the province. The grants for these projects are in addition to more than $5 billion in income supports, tax relief, and other funding for people, businesses, and services the province has already announced in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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