Rural development funding builds community resilience

A series of rural development grants are helping to build stronger local economies and increase opportunities for people in many rural areas of British Columbia to find good local jobs.

“Investing in people and communities is a key goal of the StrongerBC economic plan,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Ensuring communities have the tools they need to adapt and grow allows jobs and economic opportunities to thrive. With the help of rural development grants, we are providing communities with more resources to support their economic recovery and build a more sustainable economy for all British Columbians.

Province Providing More Than $5 Million to Indigenous Organizations and Local Governments in Rural B.C. Communities, Including Communities Affected by the Cumulative Effects of COVID-19, Floods, Fires and Extreme Weather .

The grants will fund eight projects in rural communities across the province that support tourism, community revitalization and infrastructure upgrades.

“People in rural British Columbia work hard to create economies in which residents and their communities can thrive,” said Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development. “I am pleased to be part of a government that recognizes the importance and value of thriving and diverse rural communities, and I am pleased that we can help support these locally led projects.” We will continue to work with communities in all regions of British Columbia to build healthy local economies that work for all of us.

Through grants, the province enables communities to make decisions that benefit their residents. To help the Kanaka Bar Indian Band become more self-sufficient and food secure, the province provided $1 million to the Upper Kanaka Community Resilience Project, an infrastructure development and community agriculture that will better support the people of the region.

“The Kanaka Bar Indian Band has been actively working to restore community self-sufficiency since 2016, with the goal of increasing our resilience to the impacts of climate change,” said Janna Janzen, Food Self-Sufficiency Manager, Kanaka Bar Indian Band. . “In 2018, our Knowledge Keepers predicted drier, warmer summers and wetter winters, and in 2021, these anticipated realities hit the community hard. With this funding, we are working to improve our food self-sufficiency by building a commercial greenhouse that will allow us to grow food year-round. We are also introducing a root cellar which uses traditional technology to store seeds and vegetables without depending on electricity. Kʷukʷscémxʷ to the Government of British Columbia for their participation in this important work.

Lytton First Nation has also received funding through the Yekm Food Hub Rural Development Grant Program, which supports local farmers and residents of Lytton. More than $550,000 from the Government of British Columbia will contribute to the completion of the building’s exterior elements.

“The funding received has enabled Lytton First Nation and the Yekm Food Hub to make necessary purchases such as a greenhouse, tractor and tools, irrigation hoses and the completion of the Yekm Food Hub building, as well than adding utility poles. , solar panels, septic tank and traditional panels,” said John Sam, Economic Development Manager, Lytton First Nation. “Lytton First Nation is extremely grateful for the funds received as the band experienced another wildfire this summer. The completion of this project and the food center building will be a step towards food self-sufficiency in the future.

Building resilient communities is a key action in the StrongerBC Economic Plan, which is helping move British Columbia forward by tackling today’s challenges while building an economy that works for everyone.

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Learn more about the StrongerBC Economic Plan: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/plan

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