Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says that a $100,000 provincial grant will boost supports for vulnerable and low-income people in the Comox Valley.

The NDP MLA said tackling poverty has been a priority for the B.C. government since day one.

“We’ve made a commitment to reduce poverty by 25 per cent and cut child poverty by half within five years,” Leonard said. 

“We have been given $5 million to the Union of B.C. Municipalities, because every community is different and needs made-in-their community solutions.”

 The grant is being awarded to the Comox Valley Regional District, and Leonard says the funding will help develop a local poverty reduction assessment and strategy “that will address priorities such as housing, families, children and youth, income supports and social supports.”

 The province says it’s part of the Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program “which will empower 54 local governments across the province, through 29 projects, to develop poverty reduction plans that directly support people in their communities.”

 The 29 projects are receiving a total of $1.4 million, from the provincial grant to the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM), with individual project funding ranging from $16,000 to $150,000.