Clean, liveable, and strong communities
Every day, people across our province work hard to make B.C. a better place. Whether they are improving their local community through not-for-profit work, leading local initiatives to shift to cleaner energy sources, or making personal lifestyle changes to help preserve our planet – people are making a difference. Our government sees the hard work people are doing and we are finding ways to support their work so together, we can build a province that works for everyone.
Last month, we announced funding for not-for-profit organizations to upgrade their facilities, update technology, or buy needed equipment. People rely on local not-for-profit organizations for important services, including ones that support their physical and mental health. This critical funding for capital projects will help organizations make upgrades that benefit people, such as replacing old playgrounds at schools, building wheel-chair accessible spaces, and building a recovery home for people experiencing addiction.
We’ve also made record investments in communities to reduce pollution and increase health in response to a changing climate. As we deal with the impacts of climate change on our province, we know how important it is to support cleaner infrastructure projects.
The third intake of the CleanBC Communities Fund will support projects that increase clean energy and energy efficiency in buildings, transportation and other community-owned infrastructure to reduce community reliance on fossil fuels. Applications opened on January 26 for local governments, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
We're also building a healthier and cleaner culture by making it easier for students to walk or wheel to school.
Students at 12 more schools across the province will get more exercise and fresh air on their daily commute thanks to a pilot project to encourage active transportation. Schools will have access to funding to plan walking and cycling improvements that meet specific needs in their neighbourhood, including offering shared bikes, scooters, and skateboards, or determining the best-routes to school and educating students on safety.
We know we have a diverse province, full of hard-working people with great ideas. That’s why we are investing in community efforts across the province. When we all work together, we can build a stronger, cleaner B.C. for generations to come.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any provincial issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you. My office can be reached at 604-936-8709 or Rick.Glumac.MLA@leg.bc.ca.