- As part of the BC Parks Future Strategy announced by Premier Christy Clark on Nov. 28, 2016 the province is investing:
- $22.9 million over five years for campsite expansion in provincial parks and recreation sites.
- $35 million over the next three years to increase and strengthen conservation in provincial parks.
- Of this $25 million will go directly to BC Parks operations, allowing for new programs to enhance conservation as well as 28 new park rangers throughout the province, with a focus on protecting and preserving the backcountry.
- The remaining $10 million will be an initial endowment to the new BC Parks Foundation, which will help generate private revenue, to be spent on promoting and enhancing the experience in BC Parks.
- As part of the BC Parks Future Strategy the Province and Insurance Corporation of British Columbia have also launched a series of specialty licence plates, where all net proceeds are reinvested back into provincial parks.
- These new investments build on BC Parks total budget from 2016 of over $68 million, including both operating expenses and capital investments.
- BC Parks’ total operating budget in 2016 was over $54.5 million, and included:
- $31,158,000 – Regular BC Parks operations
- $21.6 million – Retained camping fees to contracted park facility operators, for managing parks to provincial standards
- $1.8 million – Park Enhancement Fund expenditures
- BC Parks total capital budget in 2016 year was $14.4 million, and included:
- $13.99 million – Regular capital funding
- $0.4 million – Park Enhancement Fund expenditures
- Over the past five years, BC Parks has invested approximately $60 million in park facilities.
- Revenue generated from increases to camping fees are put back into the BC Parks system.
- The BC Parks Future Strategy can be viewed here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/future/
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