by Contributor on Thursday March 09 2023
New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson says that a historic investment of over $12 million for Nelson-Creston will enable the community to fund key projects, ensuring that people have services they can rely on as populations grow.
“I know firsthand how much pressure is on local governments to deliver the services and infrastructure that communities need, and this investment will open countless doors for our communities,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston.
“As both a former staff member and a city councillor, I am so pleased that our government is giving a much-needed funding boost to make our communities better places for people to thrive.”
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 centres, 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.
In Nelson-Creston,local governments are receiving the following:
- Nelson- $4,151,000
- Creston- $2,350,000
- Salmo- $1,130,000
- Kaslo- $919,000
- Regional district of Central Kootenay- $4,025,000
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).
Photo Caption: Nelson Creston MLA Brittny Anderson and Kootenay West MLA Katrina Conroy present the Village of Salmo with money from the Growing Communities Fund. — Submitted