VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province has funded programs in 43 local governments, including the Village of Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek, to “create more efficient development approvals processes” to help get homes built faster and support economic recovery.

Dawson Creek received $194,000 for development approvals strategy and tools, while Pouce Coupe received $26,000 for the second phase of its development procedures system.

The Province is working to increase housing supply and affordability by working closely with local governments and stakeholders, according to a release from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on Wednesday.

“Local governments play a critical role in making sure the housing people need in their communities is built quickly and meets local needs. These grants will help them do critical work to modernize development permitting and approvals by removing barriers and streamlining processes,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Together, the Province, local governments, housing providers and builders can find solutions that support more affordable housing for everyone in B.C.”

The program is handing local governments nearly $15 million to help implement best practices and develop new ways to help non-profit housing organizations, developers, and other stakeholders build essential housing across British Columbia.

The program, administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities on behalf of the Province, was made available to all municipalities, regional districts and the Islands Trust.

“Local governments are creating new ways to streamline development approval processes and accelerate the delivery of new homes to communities,” said Brian Fenkel, president of the Union of BC Municipalities. “This program provides a welcome investment to implement these changes and will help establish a new range of best practices in B.C.”

Visit the B.C. government website to read the Development Approvals Process Review.