DAWSON CREEK – Dawson Creek and area will be receiving $658,026 as part of almost $40 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.

Dawson Creek will receive a $75,865 traffic fine revenue grant.

Peace River Regional District will receive a Regional District Grant of $58,344.

The following communities will receive Small Community grants:

Chetwynd – $142,636

Tumbler Ridge – $135,904

Pouce Coupe – $124,153

Dawson Creek – $121,124

“This funding will help our local governments invest in projects important to each respective community,” Peace River South Mike Bernier said. “Thanks to the flexible nature of these grants, our communities can continue to work on projects and services that are needed by the people in the South Peace.”

These are the first of two annual payments. A further payment of $75 million will be made in June 2015.

Since 2009, the Small Community, Regional District and Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Grants have provided more than $718 million in funding to support B.C. communities, enabling them to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level.