CHETWYND, B.C. – The District of Chetwynd has received $20,000 from the Province to add active transportation into their Official Community Plan.
On Tuesday, B.C.revealed the 22 communities that have been provided funding through its Active Transportation Planning Grants.
The Province had doled out over $404,000 since intakes in October 2020 and May 2021 to encourage residents to use active methods to get to their desired destination, such as walking or cycling.
“Transportation accounts for well over one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia, so enabling more environmentally and socially responsible modes of travel is a priority for our government,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of State for Transportation and Infrastructure.
“This funding will help local governments integrate their active transportation planning as part of their land-use planning and will provide long-term benefits to our communities, our health, the environment and local economies.”
Local governments with populations up to 25,000 that met the grant criteria were eligible for up to $20,000 toward their active transportation planning costs.
The grants are administered through the Union of B.C. Municipalities to qualifying applicants that submit proposals supporting the integration of active transportation into their community planning and land-use planning process.
“Communities with smart, safe and connected active transportation networks help people to leave their cars at home in favour of healthier, cleaner ways of getting around,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
“Local governments play an important role in community planning, and grant programs like this one support better planning, improved design and on the ground results on the pathway to achieving our CleanBC goals.”
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