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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that they have set up a $800,000 fund to help non-profit groups in the Peace Region, and the City of Fort St. John will be well represented in the process.

The funding was a requirement for approval of the Site C project. The money is aimed to help non-profits in the communities of Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, Chetwynd, as well as residents of the Peace River Regional District living in Electoral Areas B, C and E.

Bc Hydro says they worked with non-profit organizations as well as governments to help decide where allocating the funds was the most important.

BC Hydro said in a release today that it was easy to see what participants wanted.

“Participants were clear that they wanted funding decisions to be made in the region, for the region. Participants also emphasized the importance of minimizing administrative costs to ensure that the majority of the fund would go to helping organizations deliver services to people in need.”

Based off some of that input that was received, Hydro has formed a 10-person regional decision-making committee. The committee also will have two people appointed from each of the communities and rural areas that the fund will serve.

Jessica McDonald, CEO of BC Hydro, says they understand the impact non-profits have in society today.

“We recognize the important role that non-profit organizations play in providing programs and services to the community. We’re really pleased to establish the BC Hydro GO Fund to support Peace Region communities during construction of the Site C project.”

Mayor Lori Ackerman said that the City of Fort St. John is very pleased that this has come together.

“City Council is very pleased that this has come to fruition. We heard loud and clear from the community that one of the priorities was ensuring that our vulnerable and disenfranchised citizens were supported.”

BC Hydro themselves won’t be administering the GO Fund, instead, Northern Development Initiative Trust will administer on behalf of BC Hydro.

In the City of Fort St. John, Mayor Ackerman as well as Connie Surerus (community representative) will represent the City on the regional decision-making committee.

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