Merritt Receives Rural Development Grants

Merritt and Princeton were hit hard by an atmospheric river in November 2021, resulting in extreme flooding that devastated both communities as the Coldwater and Tulameen rivers, respectively, spilled their banks and damaged hundreds of homes.

Today, the provincial government is providing recovery funds through rural development grants.

“We need to make sure that we support rural communities so that jobs and services are there for the people who depend on them during and after difficult times,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests.

“There’s no question that climate change has had a devastating effect on communities across the province, so we need to get funding to areas that need it most.

The stimulus grants will support the expansion of Princeton’s Industrial Park Marketing Expansion and Recovery Strategy, providing $500,000 to support projects aimed at targeting economic recovery through industrial and attraction ventures of residents, as well as the local tourism sector.

The Town of Merritt will receive $500,000 to complete a series of economic development projects and initiatives that will support long-term economic recovery, including sustainable tourism and attracting business and investment.

“Our province is increasingly impacted by climate change, and as communities attempt to recover from these events, we want to ensure funding is in place for residents and businesses to support their recovery needs and the economic development opportunities they identify,” said Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development.

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