VICTORIA – Establishing an auditor general for local government, investing close to $17 million in BC Arts Council funding and launching a new $30-million recreation infrastructure program are a few of the steps the Province is taking to make communities better places for B.C. families.
“Looking back on this year, government has accomplished a great deal in a short time frame. Despite ongoing fiscal challenges, we’ve managed to help B.C. families, support job creation and foster open and transparent government,” said Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
“As a result, I know we’ll see healthier, stronger, more culturally diverse communities that B.C. families can thrive in – communities that offer recreational amenities, arts programs, updated infrastructure and great job opportunities.”
In 2011, the Province made a $1-million initial investment in the 2015 Canada Winter Games and is investing $500,000 to Hosting BC for sporting events throughout the province. The Province has also invested $17.2 million for 47 new infrastructure projects for communities under 15,000 through the last intake of the Towns for Tomorrow program and is conducting an independent review of the governance and funding formula of community gaming grants to ensure B.C. communities continue to thrive.
– Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development