VICTORIA — A new program aims to stimulate B.C.’s economy by addressing the impacts of climate change.
The new $20.7-million Climate Adaptation Program includes an array of projects throughout the province to bolster its highway network’s resilience and create jobs.
“One of the key threats to the reliability of the highway network is climate related, and examples include high-intensity rainfall events, extreme freshet seasons and flooding,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a press release. “These events have been increasing in intensity due to climate change, and this initiative ensures a reliable transportation system will be in place for future emergency events as well as the continued movement of people, goods and services.”
Officials noted the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for a reliable transportation infrastructure network so critical services and supplies can flow.
The program will fund projects that will assist 60 locations across the province addressing climate change impacts. Officials are also hopeful it will generate economic activity.
“Our StrongerBC Economic Recovery Plan is about getting people back to work while also supporting B.C. communities to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change,” said Ravi Kahlon, minister of jobs. “The projects generated by this program will create good jobs and improve B.C.’s transportation network, contributing to the strong economic recovery of communities in every corner of our province.”