Provincial Capital Commission Travel Grants Connect Students with the Capital

Victoria, BC (April 4, 2006): Bill Wellburn, Chair of the Provincial Capital Commission (PCC), today announced $150,000 to help student groups from across the province visit Victoria, all part of an effort to connect young people with their provincial capital and the province?s history.

?We want to help students and teachers connect with their capital as part of educational field trips,? said Olga Ilich, Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, and Minister responsible for the PCC. ?Depending on the distance from Victoria and the length of stay in the capital, the Youth Connects program can provide a travel subsidy of between $5 and $130 per student, giving youngsters the chance to learn more about their province and its history. A class trip to Victoria is a terrific way to experience British Columbia?s history firsthand, and the travel subsidy will go a long way to making a visit to the capital even more accessible to students from across the province.?

Information and application forms are available online at www.bcpcc.com. While groups from within the Capital Regional District are not eligible for a Youth Connects travel subsidy, they can receive funding as part of an exchange visit with other schools around the province. The deadline for any groups planning a visit to Victoria, or exchange visit this fall is May 5, 2006.

The Provincial Capital Commission is a self-sustaining Crown Corporation responsible for connecting and celebrating the capital with every British Columbian. Outreach programs such as Youth Connects are funded by revenues from provincially-owned properties.