NDP MLAs say grants will keep people and local environment safe in Chilliwack

Released: January 28, 2022

New Democrat MLAs Dan Coulter and Kelli Paddon say local organizations will be able to restore local ecosystems, rescue animals, and keep people safe thanks to funding from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“It’s always inspiring to see the hard work that people in the community put towards public safety and the environment. Whether it’s a dedication to crime prevention, habitat protection, or making sure trails are safe for recreation, our government knows these small organizations help keep our communities running,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack.

In Chilliwack,  the Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association and the Coquihalla Summit Snowmobile Club, are receiving $39,000 and $17,500, respectively, in grants for public safety work. This can include volunteer firefighting, marine and land search and rescue operations, crime reduction and restorative justice, and emergency response and communications.

Another two local not-for-profits are receiving grants for environmental initiatives such as ecosystem conservation, animal welfare, and education and outreach programs.

  • Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society- $58,500
  • Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society- $20,000

“It’s been a challenging year between the pandemic and unprecedented weather events, and it’s more important than ever to support those looking out for our environment and wildlife,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “This round of funding is going to two great local organizations,  the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society and the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society.”

Over $10.5 million is being distributed through the Environment and Public Safety streams of the Community Gaming Grant program for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. $140 million are distributed annually though Community Gaming Grants to roughly 1,500 community not-for-profit organizations across all streams of the program. These grants help organizations build strong, vibrant communities across B.C.

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022MUNI0005-000123