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Fund boosts community homelessness response, supports health and safety

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Municipal Affairs

Fund boosts community homelessness response, supports health and safety

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Melanie Kilpatrick
Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
778 698-9176
Media Contacts
Melanie Kilpatrick
Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
778 698-9176

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Province revitalizing community infrastructure, investing in local governments

The Province is taking steps to help people, businesses and communities recover and come out of COVID-19 stronger and better prepared.

B.C.’s total provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic exceeds $10 billion and includes the following actions:

  • The Government of Canada and the Province are providing $540 million in shared funding to local governments under the Safe Restart Agreement to help communities manage the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the $100-million Strengthening Communities’ Services Program, other funding includes:
    • $425 million in direct grants for local government operations to address facility reopening and operating costs, emergency response costs, lost revenues and other COVID-19-related impacts; and
    • $15 million for the Local Government Development Approvals Program to increase the efficiency of local development approval processes.
  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Province, BC Housing, health authorities, local partners and non-profit service providers have been working together to provide temporary homes for people experiencing homelessness. As of Feb. 9, 2021, the Province has opened nearly 2,800 spaces across British Columbia: https://www.bchousing.org/COVID-19/community-sites
  • The Province and the federal government are keeping people moving by public transit and ferry by investing over $1 billion to support and expand BC Transit, TransLink and BC Ferries: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TRAN0063-002006
  • The Province is also investing more than $400 million to revitalize community infrastructure and support local governments during the pandemic to strengthen local economies and provide the valuable services people in their communities depend on. This includes:
    • $100 million in infrastructure grants through the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program for projects that will create local jobs and support, tourism, heritage and economic development projects; and
    • nearly $136 million, cost shared with the federal government, in infrastructure grants through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. This is part of Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Program to support projects that focus on retrofits, rehabilitation and upgrades to existing local government and Indigenous community buildings, COVID-19 response infrastructure, active transportation and disaster mitigation.

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