FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality was approved for a $285,750 grant from the Strategic Initiatives Fund from Northern Development.

The funds will go towards a Gotta Go-Alaska Highway Rest Stop Washroom Facility. The grant will help the municipality develop and manage multiple rest stop facilities along remote areas of the Alaska Highway through Northeast B.C.

The facilities will include accessible washroom amenities, picnic benches, tourism information kiosks, safety and emergency management signage and, increased communication technologies.

Gary Foster, Mayor of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, says, “This project will support the development of a resilient and welcoming region with enhanced regional capacity, safety and investment in infrastructure, and is a result of community-level leadership bringing together multiple organizations and levels of government to meet the needs of the local communities. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is proud to be partnering with the Peace River Regional District, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Public Services and Procurement Canada, and Northern BC Tourism Association on the Gotta Go Initiative.”

The Strategic Initiatives Fund was set up to help diversify and enhance central and northern B.C. communities’ economies, especially those that were impacted by the Mountain Pine Beetle. The Fund is a flexible program that aims to capitalize on opportunities and strengths in these communities to invest in projects that strengthen innovation, partnerships, and diversification of economic activities.

The Strategic Initiatives Fund will be offered again in 2021, and a submission deadline will be announced at a later date.