Burns Lake receives funding to address priorities

The money will be used to offset taxation revenue.

Burns Lake will receive $327,523 as part of the province’s small community protection grant.

The small community protection grant enables communities to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level. Burns Lake budgets for this grant annually and has been using these funds for general operating purposes.

“The grant helps to offset taxation revenue,” explained Sheryl Worthing, Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Burns Lake.

Other Nechako Lakes communities receiving the small community grant include Houston, Fort St. James and Fraser Lake. The Bulkley-Nechako Regional District is also receiving a grant of $126,470.

“This funding will take pressure off local taxpayers and provide Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Houston and the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District with the opportunity to invest in public safety priorities,” Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said.

Since 2009, the small community, regional district and traffic fine revenue sharing grants have provided more than $792 million in funding to support B.C. communities.