John Horgan

NDP Leader John Horgan announced on Tuesday that he will create a new Community Partnership Fund to upgrade and build community infrastructure projects that people need.

“I’m going to get to work building a better BC,” said Horgan in North Delta. “We will be an active and willing partner with the federal government and municipalities to upgrade and build community spaces like sports facilities, playgrounds, arts and culture spaces, community seniors’ centres and mental health and addictions centres.”

An NDP government will establish a Community Partnership Fund with an initial investment of $30 million over three years. The investment in communities is part of Horgan’s $10 billion capital infrastructure plan that will create 96,000 jobs over five years.

Horgan announced the fund in North Delta after meeting with local sports enthusiasts concerned about an area running track. The track is in desperate need of repair, and is an example of the kind of project that could be upgraded through the fund.

“The Community Partnership Fund will make sure communities across BC have a chance to take advantage of our plan to get people working by building projects and improving our communities,” said Horgan.

The BC NDP’s Community Partnership Fund would:

  • Partner with municipal and federal governments to upgrade and build community infrastructure projects like sports facilities, playgrounds, arts and culture spaces, community seniors’ centres and mental health and addictions centres.
  • Provide a one-third share of funding for large municipalities, and up to a 70 per cent share for smaller communities, to ensure people across BC benefit from the fund.
  • Provide small communities with human resources in the Ministry of Local Government to help simplify the application process and help connect with the federal government to leverage funds.

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