TUMBLER RIDGE ? The District of Tumbler Ridge will benefit from $917,161 in federal and provincial funding announced today to help build local infrastructure, enhance green spaces and provide basic services.
?The Government of Canada is pleased to join with the Province in providing Towns for Tomorrow funding for Tumbler Ridge, which helps to both build local infrastructure and create jobs,? said Hon. Jay Hill, MP for Prince George-Peace River. ?This is another example of how the federal government is committed to strengthening B.C.?s economy and keeping British Columbians working.?
?These sorts of partnerships, between provincial, federal, and local governments, are exactly what we need to move our province forward during these economic times,? said Blair Lekstrom, MLA for Peace River South, on behalf of Community Development Minister Kevin Krueger. ?The government of British Columbia is pleased the federal government is joining with us as we invest in the futures of our province and its communities.?
Tumbler Ridge will receive:
·$400,000 in federal and provincial Towns for Tomorrow funding for the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre Building Envelope Upgrade project, which will replace doors, windows, and some wood structures, as well as the exterior insulation finish system. This will ensure the sustainability of existing infrastructure and the safety of the Community Centre?s patrons.
· $8,000 from the Trees for Tomorrow program as part of the 2009 Tree Greening project.
·$499,161 through the first instalment of the Small Community and Regional District Grant component of the Province?s Strategic Community Investment Fund, a restructuring of provincial grant programs to give communities more funding sooner.
·$10,000 in Infrastructure Planning Grant funding to support Tumbler Ridge in its Sustainable Design Standards Review.
The Towns for Tomorrow project is part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.
Beyond this funding announcement, the Government of Canada is taking important steps to support economic growth. Canada?s Economic Action Plan, announced in Budget 2009, is a balanced stimulus plan that includes massive investments in infrastructure, tax relief and transfers. This plan will provide close to $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years which will address needs in communities across Canada, as well as contributing to long-term economic growth through investments in public infrastructure, such as roads, water treatment, green energy and transit.
Towns for Tomorrow is a five-year, $71-million program that helps smaller communities and regional districts with infrastructure projects. Towns for Tomorrow provides up to 80 per cent of funding for communities under 5,000, to a maximum of $400,000, and 75 per cent of funding for communities up to 15,000, to a maximum of $375,000. As a result of a commitment on the part of all levels of government to accelerate the disbursement of infrastructure funding to stimulate the economy and meet the needs of communities, the federal government is proudly supporting the Towns for Tomorrow program. To learn more, go to www.townsfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca.
Trees for Tomorrow is a five-year, $13-million program that is supporting community organizations, First Nations and local governments in urban and rural areas in planting four million trees in the public areas of cities, towns, villages and regional districts throughout B.C. In its first year, the program is providing approximately $3 million to support the planting of trees and the implementation of other energy-saving initiatives across British Columbia. The initiative, first announced in the 2008 speech from the throne, involves cost-sharing with a range of applicants and stewardship organizations. To learn more, visit www.treesfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca
The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program is providing over $660,000 to help municipalities and regional districts with plans to design, develop and manage sustainable infrastructure. Through the program, local governments can receive up to $10,000 in grant funding. Often these grants fund studies that help communities apply for infrastructure project funding. For example, almost half the projects submitted to the Canada-B.C. Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) for funding were initiated with infrastructure planning grants.
Strategic Community Investment Fund: Through a restructuring of provincial grant programs, communities will see more funding sooner, giving them greater certainty and improved financial flexibility. Payments will be made on the basis of Strategic Community Investment Agreements with local governments. The first $133-million instalment on this two-year, $232-million initiative consists of the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program and Small Community and Regional District Grants.
The Small Community and Regional District Grant component of the Strategic Community Investment Fund is part of the Province?s continuing commitment to help provide services in areas with smaller tax bases. These grants account for $70 million of the initial $133-million payment under the Strategic Community Investment Fund. The grant allocation takes into account three elements: basic funding for all municipalities with a population of less than 15,000, population-based funding, and property assessment-based funding. This year?s payment fulfils the Province?s commitment to double these grants over four years.
The RuralBC Secretariat, established by the Province in 2008, helps local governments access the tools they need to achieve their unique visions for the future. The secretariat provides a direct service and information link between the provincial government and B.C.?s rural communities. Local governments are encouraged to visit www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca for more information.