NDP MLAs say grants will keep people and local environment safe in Maple Ridge

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MAPLE RIDGE – New Democrat MLAs Lisa Beare and Bob D’Eith say local organizations will be able to restore local ecosystems, rescue animals, and keep people safe thanks to funding from the Community Gaming Grants program for environmental and public safety initiatives.

“Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue recently completed two separate rescues of hikers in Golden Ears Park on the same day! We can hardly thank them enough for all they do to respond in emergency situations and I’m glad to see this funding available to assist them in their work,” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

In Maple Ridge, the Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue Society is receiving $85,700 in grants for public safety work, specifically for land search and rescue.

“Protecting the environment is a top issue for British Columbians, and we’re lucky to have so many people working in local organizations that are passionate about B.C.’s natural beauty and biodiversity!” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Not-for-profits across the province will receive funding through this stream of community gaming grants for their commitment to the environment and wildlife.”

Another 3 organizations local not-for-profits are receiving $135,000 in grants for environmental initiatives such as ecosystem conservation, animal welfare, and education and outreach programs.

  • Paws for Hope Animal Foundation- $61,000
  • Allouette River Management Society- $54,000
  • Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnerships Society- $20,000

Over $10.5 million is being distributed through the Environment and Public Safety streams of the Community Gaming Grant program for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. $140 million are distributed annually though Community Gaming Grants to roughly 1,500 community not-for-profit organizations across all streams of the program. These grants help organizations build strong, vibrant communities across B.C.