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Safe Restart funds for local government

Safe Restart funds for local government

Almost $5 million will be coming to the Coast under the federal Safe Restart Agreement.
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) is distributing $425 million from the federal program to BC local governments. The funding is designed to support facility reopening and operational costs along with local emergency response efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sechelt is to receive $2.563 million, while $1.512 million will go to Gibsons. The SCRD is slated to receive $521,000, and the Sechelt Indian Government District award will be $387,000.
In a press release issued Nov. 5, Councillor Brian Frenkel, UBCM president, stated, “Since the beginning of the pandemic, local governments have taken steps to manage costs and rethink budgets, but communities are contending with significant revenue shortfalls. These funds will be available for immediate use and provide greater clarity as budgets are developed for the coming year.” Connie Jordison

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