FORT ST. JOHN – Communities in the Peace region have received $1,544,821 as part of almost $75.2 million being invested into communities across B.C. to meet local needs including more policing, new equipment, increased community safety initiatives, infrastructure and service delivery priorities.

Communities receiving traffic fine revenue:

Fort St. John – $234,892
Dawson Creek – $138,794.

Peace River Regional District will receive a Regional District Grant of $112,797.

The following communities will receive Small Community grants:

Chetwynd – $275,760
Tumbler Ridge – $262,745
Dawson Creek – $234,171
Hudson’s Hope – $201,196
Fort St. John – $84,466.

“This is another example of our government’s commitment to providing local communities like Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope with the resources they need,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “Investments like these help us create safer communities here in Peace Country.”

“This funding is a boost for local governments to invest in programs and services that enhance quality of life in our region,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “These grants enable local priority projects to move forward without burdening local taxpayers.”

This is the second of two annual payments. A payment of $40 million was made in March 2015.

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 enabling them to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level.