Castlegar Receives $2.18 Million Grant for COVID-19 Recovery

The City of Castlegar will receive $2.18 million from the Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants for Local Governments.

These grants support local governments as they deal with increased operating costs and lower revenue due to COVID‐19 and ensures local governments can continue to deliver the services people depend on in their communities. Grants can be used for:

  • addressing revenues shortfalls;
  • facility reopening and operating costs;
  • emergency planning and response costs;
  • bylaw enforcement and protective services like fire protection and police;
  • computer and other electronic technology costs (to improve interconnectivity and virtual communications);
  • services for vulnerable persons (e.g. persons living with disabilities, mental illness or addictions,
  • persons experiencing homelessness or other vulnerabilities); and
  • other related costs.

“The City of Castlegar wants to thank the Province for this timely funding,” says Mayor, Bruno Tassone, “The West Kootenay Regional Airport, which is owned by the City, suffered significant revenue losses this year and this funding will help the City maintain a strong financial position and continue supporting the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

City Council will discuss this grant as part of the upcoming 2021 budget process.

The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on the forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.

For Additional Information:

Bree Seabrook                                  

Communications Manager          

250 304 8133

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