14 northern agencies and local governments receive new funding for capacity building

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Several organizations and local governments are set to benefit from $1.3 million under the Northern Healthy Communities funding stream.

Administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust and announced on August 3, the money will be shared between 14 projects. Since its inception, the trust has distributed nearly $5 million to 46 projects in the North.

B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen said the funding stream has helped community organizations and local governments asking for more stable and reliable funding rather than a one-time payment.

“The ripple effects of some of these relatively small investments can sometimes be huge,” Cullen added.

The Ksan House Society in Terrace will receive nearly $100,000 to hire a Mental Health Coordinator who will focus on supporting people who experience barriers to accessing services and supports.

Kitimat Valley Education Society/Kitimat Valley Institute will receive $76,750 for a leadership training program. As part of this program, the organization will host a series of workshops for leaders, frontline service providers and industry in the region, including the District of Kitimat and the Haisla Nation.

The District of Kitimat has received $93,600 under this social development program which will see them hire a professional to work with the Haisla Nation to address the socio-economic challenges faced by the communities there.

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) will be able to fund the position of a Fire Prevention Coordinator with $82,260 through the funding stream.

The post is part of the Emergency Service capacity increase which provides protection for Thornhill, Areas E and A and the town of Terrace. RDKS is also receiving funding to hire a junior planner ($62,561) and a communications coordinator ($86,060).

The Bulkley Nechako Regional District will receive $76,948 for a First Nations engagement project designed to assist tourism and hospitality businesses in communities impacted by LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink projects.

Several projects in the Prince George, Dawson Creek and Peace River area have also received funding under this funding stream.

The program is accepting applications for the next funding request and new projects are expected to be announced through 2026.

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