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New fund helps local governments deliver on housing priorities

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Municipal Affairs

New fund helps local governments deliver on housing priorities

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Melanie Kilpatrick
Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
250 920-6388
Media Contacts
Melanie Kilpatrick
Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
250 920-6388

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Provincial funding enhances housing approvals

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 of British Columbia 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 $15-million Local Government Development Approvals 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.
    • $100 million for the Strengthening Communities Services Fund to address the impacts of homelessness, support people and strengthen communities’ health and safety.
  • 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 nearly 2,800 spaces open throughout 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 to strengthen local economies and provide the valuable services people depend on. This includes:
    • $100 million in infrastructure grants through the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program for shovel-worthy 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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