DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is deciding on how they’re planning to use the funds from 2020 and this year from the COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants.

The PRRD has a combined amount of $1,084,000 intended to support local governments with operating costs and lower revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re working with staff on a plan to use this funding in the most effective way possible for the benefit of PRRD residents, within the provincial government’s restrictions, and we’ll share that information with the public as soon as we can,” says Brad Sperling, PRRD Chair. “We appreciate that the province recognizes the burden that has been placed on regional districts by the pandemic.”

According to the release from the PRRD, the provincial government restrictions state that the funding may be applied to shortcomings in revenue, reopening of facilities and associated operating costs, emergency planning and response costs, bylaw enforcement and protective services like fire and police, improving interconnectivity and virtual communications, services for vulnerable persons, among other related costs.