LYTTON, B.C. – B.C. has announced a $1 million grant to support the Village of Lytton as it seeks to economically recover from devastating wildfire damage.
“The people of Lytton, business owners and the local government are facing an enormous challenge, and our government is providing the support they need right now to rebuild,” said Jennifer Rice, parliamentary secretary of emergency preparedness, in a statement. “With homes and businesses shuttered or lost, the Village of Lytton is financially challenged to keep its operations going. With this funding, the village can continue its critical work on the ground to get the community back up and running.”
half the funding will go towards efforts to restart the local economy and the other half will be for operational activities, including paying staff who are leading wildfire recovery.
“The provincial government is supporting the community of Lytton as it recovers and rebuilds the community,” said Roly Russell, parliamentary secretary of rural development. “By working closely with officials in Lytton, we will continue to do everything we can to overcome the challenges they identify and expedite recovery efforts. I know from my own lived experience how helpful funds like these can be to help navigate a successful community recovery.”
The funding is coming from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
Rice and Russell have been appointed as recovery liaisons between the province and the village. They will participate in a virtual town hall this month.
“Our village was devastated by this past summer’s wildfire, but our spirits remain strong,” said Jan Polderman, mayor of Lytton. “We are hoping to rebuild as soon as possible, and this grant will help us with our immediate critical needs.”
The B.C. government is supporting Lytton’s recovery by funding four key areas: emergency and temporary housing, a local government recovery team, safe return and re-entry, and other financial and in-kind support.