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Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506


BC Rural Dividend project awards for the Cowichan Valley
  • Vancouver Island Economic Alliance is being awarded $100,000 to pilot a wood recovery and fuel reduction project in the Cowichan Valley to simplify wood waste management and better meet the needs of buyers and sellers.
  • Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Area Society is being awarded $99,450 to help build the resources, capabilities and capacity of the downtown business community, including updated marketing materials and website enhancements.
  • Community Futures Development Corp. Cowichan is being awarded $86,776 to establish a not-for-profit corporation to lead the vision, planning and development of a destination trail network in the Cowichan Lake region. The project was developed as a result of a tourism action plan funded earlier through the Rural Dividend.
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District is being awarded $16,000 to develop a tech training program for youth in Duncan and Cowichan First Nations communities.
  • O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE Cooperative is being awarded $10,000 to create a best practices document to track and share the accomplishments of this model sustainable village demonstration site and education centre near Shawnigan Lake.
  • Penelakut Tribe is being awarded $95,520 to support development of a trail network on Penelakut Island that will create construction jobs and training, and increase tourism and recreational opportunities.