UPDATE: The Ministry of Municipal Affairs released an updated funding backgrounder after the original was incorrect. The article previously stated SD 60 was receiving over $166K

School advisory councils in Fort St. John are receiving over $100,000 through Community Gaming Grants.

The advisory councils in Chetwynd received just under $14,000, and in Dawson Creek, the groups got just under $48,000. Two advisory councils in Fort Nelson received over $8,000 combined.

The nearly $11 million in grants announced Monday will go to over 1,300 school advisory councils across the province for extracurricular activities.

“We’ve been through so much over these past couple of years, and parents have been champions in our schools, working hard to keep kids connected with safe and rewarding extracurricular activities,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

Schools in British Columbia receive funding each year through parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs)  for activities that benefit students’ social, cultural and physical health.

PACs use the funding for school performances, extracurricular purchases, clubs and more.

“The ongoing pandemic has severely limited the ability of parent advisory councils to raise funds in support of numerous school programs,” said Andrea Sinclair, president, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. “Parents are grateful that Community Gaming Grants will be distributed to PACs throughout the province, thereby ensuring that the students’ experience at their school will continue to be enhanced while reducing the burden on families.”

Community Gaming Grants provide funding to arts and culture groups, sports, environment, public safety, human and social services, as well as PACs in B.C. schools.

A complete list of PAC and DPAC recipients in the Peace can be viewed below:

Chetwynd:

Dawson Creek:

Fort St. John:

Hudson’s Hope: