Rural Economic Strategy Rolled Out
l-r Minister Mike Morris, Valemount Mayor Jeannette Townsend, Minister Shirley Bond, District of Mackenzie Mayor Pat Crook – photo 250News.
Prince George BC – Building on our rural advantages, that’s the title of the rural economic strategy rolled out today by the Provincial Government.
While there were multiple announcements of the plan throughout the province, here in Prince George, the honours were given to Ministers Shirley Bond and Mike Morris.
“We recognize that while British Columbia leads the country in terms of economic growth, lowest unemployment, highest job creation, all those things, it’s not being felt evenly across this province” said MLA Shirley Bond “So we have a responsibility to support rural British Columbia. We know that when rural British Columbia does well, it benefits the entire province.”
As.part of he strategy the $25 million rural dividend has been extended. Under the applications received in the past, the announcement was made today that Mackenzie will receive just over $75.5 thousand to develop four new trails following the perimeter of Little Mac Ski Hill. That investment is critical says District of Makenzie Mayor Pat Crook “These trail developments will help promote safe, year round use and provide valuable community connections to the beautiful Morfee Lake.” He says the funding will help Mackenzie grow its tourism economy.
- The Tabor Mountain Recreation Society is receiving $100 thousand dollars to upgrade and rehabilitate the Frost Lake Trail.
- $100 thousand dollars to the Community Futures Development Corporation of Fraser fort George to expand the Beyond the Market program
- Valemount’s Community Forrest will receive $100 thousand dollars for a digital tool to assess capacity
- Valemount Learning Society will receive $100 thousand to develop a not for profit college.
Valemount Mayor Jeannette Townsend offered thanks to Bond and Morris for “Not ever forgetting the rural areas. We have a specific lifestyle, we need our economic well being and we do contribute to the Provincial coffers in more ways than one.”
The Province is also spending $40 million dollars to expand and enhance high speed internet in rural B.C.
Minister Bond further announced there will $811 thousand dollars invested in Prince George through the Canada-BC Job Fund and the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers for five specific programs.