PRRD set to receive Safe Restart funding

James Dunn

The Peace River Regional District is getting some financial relief from both the Provincial and Federal governments.

All regional districts across the province will be receiving some help.

Ottawa and Victoria will be rolling out their Safe Restart Grant, to help local governments and all across BC, including the PRRD.

This $10 million round of funding will be split between all 27 districts province-wide.

The first round of grants handed out just over $400 million in November to all 188 municipal governments in BC.

The PRRD received around 700,000 dollars in that wave.

Municipal Affairs minister, Josie Osborne says this month's funding will help with services the PRRD provides like Fire Protection, Garbage and Recycling, and Wastewater and Sewer.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all our lives and local governments are on the front line, which is why we have already delivered hundreds of millions directly to communities to support them through restart and recovery. We’ve partnered with communities to deliver the critical services people count on, and now we’re further boosting support to regional districts to make sure we continue to reach people in every corner of British Columbia." Osborne said in a news release.

PRRD chair Brad Sperling also welcomes the funding.

"We appreciate that the province recognizes the burden that has been placed on local governments by the pandemic. We are working to finalize the PRRD's share of this funding and we will make details public as soon as we can." Sperling said in a statement provided to CJDC.

The Safe Restart agreement is equally funded between the Province of BC and the Federal government.

Districts should be receiving the funds by the end of March.

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