As part of its rural development mandate, the Government of British Columbia is providing $10,000 each to the BC Marine Trails Network Association, Cortes Island Seniors Society and the Village of Gold River, Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island announced today.
“This is great news for people on the North Island,” said Trevena. “Marine trails will provide recreational opportunities for local communities and, along with other strategic infrastructure and planning, will help develop tourism for our communities. As well, exploring additional housing options for seniors and families fits well with housing commitments made in Budget 2018.”
The funding is part of nearly $700,000 in project development grants being awarded to eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations under the BC Rural Dividend program. These $10,000 grants help rural communities develop projects to stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.
“Congratulations to everyone involved,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The selected projects reflect the strength of rural communities – people working together for the good of the community.”
- BC Marine Trails Network Association is being awarded $10,000 to work with stakeholders on establishing a planning framework for a marine trail system that connects the communities of Campbell River, Sayward and Lund.
- Cortes Island Seniors Society is being awarded $10,000 to complete a preliminary business case regarding creation of a new affordable neighbourhood in Manson’s Landing.
- The Village of Gold River is being awarded $10,000 to create a strategic plan for tourism infrastructure and to stimulate tourism sector business opportunities. It will include assessment of the current state of Gold River tourism and identification of existing and possible future opportunities, infrastructure and marketing, along with next steps.
The rural dividend program encourages economic diversification, innovation, sustainability and collaboration, and recognizes the diverse needs of individual communities.
- Projects were assessed and approved based on the following criteria:
- Rural communities most in need.
- Improved community resiliency and economic strength.
- Partnership building and enhanced shared prosperity.
- Project feasibility and sustainability.
- Economic impact on rural communities.
- Attracting and retaining youth.
- Innovation in economic development.
Rural Dividend: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend