BC Hydro, City sign Community Measures Agreement

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After three years of discussion between the City of Fort St. John and BC Hydro, the Community Measures Agreement regarding Site C has been signed by both parties at Fort St. John’s own Passive House.

The agreement was implemented as a means of mitigating possible effects construction of Site C — most prominently, the influx of workers living here and using our resources — could have on the City.

A consultation process went on for a few years to gather values the community wanted to see reflected in the agreement.

“The features of this agreement are a direct result of those discussions and will serve to protect the interests of our community,” said Mayor of Fort St. John, Lori Ackerman.

BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald said the agreement’s measure will be a ‘meaningful benefit’ for citizens, while helping navigation the impact of a project on a local community.

“We are pleased to reach a final agreement with the City of Fort St. John,” she said.

One of the measures in the agreement is a donation of $75,000 to non-profit organizations within Fort St. John that were identified by the City.

The donations include $20,000 to both the Community Bridge and the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Centre.

$5,000 will be given to Abbeyfield Houses of Fort St. John, the Fort St. John Arts Council,  to the North Peace Justice Society, to the Fort St. John Public Library, to the Fort St. John Literacy Society, North Peace Museum, and the BC SPCA North Peace Branch.

“I’m very pleased to see the agreement with BC Hydro and the City of Fort St. John finalized,” said Pat Pimm, MLA, Peace River North.

“The Site C project is delivering a lot of benefits for Peace region communities. It’s good to see many of the measures in the community agreement starting to flow into Fort St. John.”

Agreements have also been reached with Taylor and Chetwynd, but the discussions with Hudson’s Hope and the Peace River Regional District are continuing.

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