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Province of British Columbia
NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2019FLNR0041-000503
March 29, 2019
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Rural Dividend grants support western Vancouver Island

PORT ALBERNI – Under the BC Rural Dividend Program, the Government of British Columbia is providing $1,753,481 million for 10 projects on west Vancouver Island.

“These projects will help local communities advance many important initiatives, such as expanding the use of clean hydro power, improving food security, training local workers and building business opportunities,” said Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim.

Almost $19 million in 153 single-applicant and partnership project grants are being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations through the Rural Dividend Program.

These grants help fund projects that support economic development and diversification in rural communities throughout the province. Grants can be up to $100,000 for a single-applicant project or up to $500,000 for partnership projects.

“This funding supports the diverse needs of small communities throughout the province and the people who live in them,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Our government is getting results for people in every region, creating jobs and enhancing everyday services and amenities for families around the province.”

As well, over $4.6 million in grants are being provided to the program’s special circumstances stream to support 23 applicants responding to economic challenges resulting from the loss of a main employer or the impacts of a natural disaster.

Additionally, $673,124 was awarded through the project development stream to communities around the province to complete preliminary work to support future projects.

The Rural Dividend encourages economic diversification through community capacity building, workforce development, community and economic development, and business sector development.

The Government of British Columbia has committed to extending the $25-million per year Rural Dividend to 2020-21.

The Rural Dividend is one aspect of government’s rural development mandate, which commits to making rural communities more resilient.

Learn More:

BC Rural Dividend Program: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend

A backgrounder follows.

 
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Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2019FLNR0041-000503
March 29, 2019
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
BC Rural Dividend project awards for western Vancouver Island
  • Ahousaht is being awarded $86,740 to develop a technology production lab to foster new business ideas and concepts from community members.
  • Community Futures Development Corporation of Alberni-Clayoquot is being awarded $493,000 to develop and launch the Great BC Businesses Sale, which will showcase opportunities in rural B.C. and offer education to communities and business owners.
  • Hesquiaht First Nation is being awarded $499,640 to support implementation of a 350-kilowatt micro-hydropower energy system at Hot Springs Cove.
  • Hupacasath First Nation is being awarded $100,000 for Phase 2 of the Community Farm Project, which will expand its size, complete a greenhouse, overhaul drip-line irrigation and install a farm-gate stand and tool shed.
  • Huu-ay-aht First Nations is being awarded $100,000 to finalize interconnection design with BC Hydro and determine whether the Sarita River Hydropower Project can operate on its own in the event of a widespread power interruption.
  • Port Alberni Shelter Society is being awarded $141,000 to hire farm staff and install equipment at the Shelter Farm Training Institute and launch a program at the site to train youth in small-scale farming.
  • The City of Port Alberni is being awarded $100,000 for the first year of a five-year campaign to attract new residents and workers. It will begin by determining concerns and perceptions about the city, identifying the best target markets and looking for ways to refine current efforts.
  • The District of Tofino is being awarded $100,000 to complete detailed engineered design documents for the downtown revitalization project on Campbell Street.
  • Toquaht Nation is being awarded $100,000 for preliminary designs of internal infrastructure services and an asset management strategy to support the development of a marina and campground at Secret Beach.
  • Westcoast Community Resources Society in Ucluelet is being awarded $33,101 to hire staff and create a seniors’ hub program to overcome barriers and identify opportunities for older adults in rural communities.
 
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