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B.C. funds rural construction projects to spur economic recovery

DCN-JOC News Services
B.C. funds rural construction projects to spur economic recovery
PROVINCE OF B.C. — Crews upgrade a service road in rural B.C. as part of economic recovery efforts by the province. The province recently announced $20 million in grants for rural construction projects.

VICTORIA — Dozens of rural projects in B.C. have been approved thanks to $20 million in funding from the province.

The funding is part of B.C.’s $10-billion COVID-19 response. The money, which is being distributed through the Rural Economic Recovery (RER) grant program, will pay for 38 rural projects.

“We are working to support economic recovery in every corner of the province, so families and communities can get through the pandemic and start looking towards their futures again,” said Premier John Horgan in a statement. “These shovel-ready projects will put people living in rural British Columbia back to work immediately and support building diversified economies in their communities.”

Provincial officials stated funding for Indigenous government and organizations, local government and not-for-profit projects will support immediate job creation through construction. The projects include upgrades to municipal or Indigenous-owned industrial parks, airport expansions, marine access facilities, destination trail networks and improvements to rural-based mountain resorts.

The RER funding is part of $100 million of restart money administered through the provincially funded Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP).

CERIP provides fully funded provincial grants to support economic resilience, tourism, heritage and urban and rural economic development projects in communities impacted by COVID-19.

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