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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C – Applications are now being accepted for the Northern Healthy Communities Fund, which aims to assist communities experiencing large-scale economic development.
The $25 million fund is available for 22 local governments and 27 First Nations near the LNG Canada and Coastal Gaslink projects. Non-profits in the communities that provide critical services may also apply.
“We’re seeing the immense opportunity and job growth in B.C.’s North, which is why we have already invested $150 million in infrastructure for communities and are investing a new $25 million through the Northern Healthy Communities Fund,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
“We know that growth can require additional services to meet community needs and, through this new fund, we are working with local governments and First Nations to ensure people have the supports they need, such as child care, social housing, health and mental health support services and help for small business recruitment.
Those who are eligible for funding can apply through two program streams.
The initial intake is open until Feb. 26, 2021. Applications received after the first intake date ends will be considered for future rounds of funding.
The fund was created through a partnership between the Province, and Northern Development Initiative Trust, who will administer the program on behalf of the Province.
Applications will be taken through 2026 with the funds going to recipients quarterly.
LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink are expected to create up to 10,000 jobs during the construction of the export facility and connecting pipeline.
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