The following press release was issued by the Office of the Premier today:
Victoria – Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – The Government of British Columbia is providing the Northwest B.C. Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) with $300,000 in support of RBA communities’ continued efforts to strengthen economic development in the region.
“We believe that people should benefit from the prosperity generated by their hard work, and the resources of the regions where they live. I applaud the efforts of the RBA to strengthen their local economies,” Premier John Horgan said. “We are committed to working with Northwest communities as they work to help stabilize their economy over the long term.”
“Building a strong, sustainable, innovative economy is a priority for this government,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This funding is expected to help the RBA build relationships with First Nations, labour, major project proponents, local business and the non-profit sector.”
The Resource Benefits Alliance, representing 21 local governments from Vanderhoof to Masset, was formed in 2014 to advocate for the infrastructure needs of their communities.
“The RBA shares the government’s vision of economic development that creates good local jobs and sustainable communities,” said RBA chair Bill Miller. “We thank the Premier and minister for recognizing that liveable, well-serviced communities are essential for economic development.”
The B.C. government recognizes that strong partnerships are essential to addressing issues facing people throughout British Columbia. The Province will continue to work closely with the RBA and its communities to strengthen economic development in Northwest B.C.