Province supports projects that strengthen northern communities

People in rapidly growing northern communities will benefit from provincial funding for eight new projects, including those that build local capacity in child care, mental health and substance abuse services, and employment.

“Communities in northern BC will benefit from the initiatives supported by this funding,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Organizations that receive funds will work to increase services in their communities, such as improving access to childcare, a community gathering space, housing, and more. I encourage all eligible local governments, non-profit organizations and First Nations to apply for this funding.”

Eight projects are receiving $2.1 million through the Northern Healthy Communities Fund, which is supported by the British Columbia government and administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Examples of new projects include:

  • first aid certification workshops at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Center in Smithers to help people improve their job prospects and also hiring a consultant to advance the Smithers Child Care Plan;
  • new housing, including transitional and affordable units for women, children and youth who have experienced or are at risk of violence, and a 24-hour child care center with 60 spaces for children in the Kitimat District; Y
  • a permanent Foundry Center in Terrace to help with mental health care, substance use support, primary care and social services for young people and their parents or carers.

“These organizations are working diligently to support their communities in innovative ways that will result in meaningful change for those who live and work in the region,” said Joel McKay, executive director of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. “The child care projects in Kitimat, Smithers and Mackenzie will benefit entire families by allowing parents to work, get an education, receive training and participate in their community, knowing that their children are being cared for by qualified professionals.”

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Eligible local governments, non-profit organizations and First Nations that provide support and services to people in communities near LNG Canada and Coastal Gaslink projects can apply for project funding through the Northern Healthy Communities Fund.

“The Terrace and District Community Services Society is very grateful to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for awarding our charity a $500,000 grant that will be used to bring a permanent Foundry Terrace center to our community,” said Michael McFetridge, chief executive officer. , Terrace and District Community. Services Society. “This is an important project for our region and community to improve and increase the health and wellness resources available to youth and their families.”

Since its inception, the Northern Healthy Communities Fund has supported 54 projects totaling more than $7.1 million. The program is accepting applications for upcoming fundraisers. New projects will be announced until 2026.

Quotes:

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister for Mental Health and Addiction –

“Young people in the North have been dealing with immense pressures, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, the toxic drug crisis and climate emergencies. Through the Northern Healthy Communities Fund, Foundry Terrace provides vital services for youth and is getting closer to opening the doors to its permanent location, where youth will have a safe space to access mental health and substance use supports. substances”.

Nathan Cullen, Stikine MLA –

“Significant development up north, like in my home community of Smithers, is providing many opportunities for the people here. Through this funding, we ensure that local governments, non-profits and First Nations are supported to help communities thrive.”

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Annette Morgan, Executive Director, Dze L K’ant Friendship Center Society –

“The Dze L K’ant Friendship Center Society is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to support first aid training which will allow us to provide a new approach towards training requirements that support compliance for many services and programs. for organizations. Providing increased resources improves the lifestyles of many of our community members and allows us to work together for healthier communities.”

Fast facts:

  • Northern Healthy Communities funds are available through two sources:
    • projects that help community organizations increase the capacity of existing services or develop and deliver new programs; Y
    • capital projects that help upgrade, improve, or expand community service facilities.
  • Together, LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink will create up to 10,000 jobs during the construction of an export facility and connecting pipeline.
    • The LNG Canada project is expected to generate between 350 and 450 permanent jobs, with initial start-up and commissioning of the export facility scheduled for mid-decade.
  • Since 2019, the BC government has also provided $150 million in grants through the Northern Capital and Planning Grant to help local governments with planning and infrastructure improvements.

Learn more:

The full list of projects for the seventh admission is available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/NHCF_7th_intake_2022.pdf

For information on the Northern Development Initiative Trust, visit: https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/