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NEWS RELEASE · 30th September 2010
M. of Community & Rural Dvlp.
Small communities across B.C. will benefit from improved infrastructure as a new round of applications will be accepted for Towns for Tomorrow funding, Community and Rural Development Minister Ben Stewart announced at the Union of BC Municipalities convention.

"Since 2007, Towns for Tomorrow has assisted smaller communities with their infrastructure priorities," said Stewart. "The program has helped residents in communities across the province achieve better local water systems, rehabilitated sewers, upgrades to area recreation centres and development of neighbourhood parks."

Over the past three years, 154 communities have benefited from the program. The wide range of projects include expansion of Revelstoke's district energy heating system, a water metering and conservation project for McBride, and a community centre upgrade in Port Alice.

"The Towns for Tomorrow program has provided excellent support to smaller local governments," said UBCM president Harry Nyce. "A further round of funding will help communities to take further steps to update aging infrastructure."

This is part of the Ministry of Community and Rural Development's 2010- 11 infrastructure program budget of $195 million. Communities with a population under 5,000 will continue to receive up to 80 per cent provincial funding, to a maximum contribution of $400,000 for approved projects. Communities with populations from 5,000 to 15,000 will get up to 75 percent to a maximum provincial contribution of $375,000.

"As Premier Campbell promised at the 2008 UBCM Convention, the 60-day turnaround fast-tracks applications so residents and communities can get going on their work sooner, said Stewart. "With this streamlined application process, we can look forward to even more improvements that contribute to the overall health, sustainability and livability of communities."

This round of funding for Towns for Tomorrow will open Oct. 15, 2010. Check the website for updated program materials on Oct. 8, 2010. Intake closes on Jan. 14, 2011.

For more information, visit www.townsfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca online.