Osoyoos receives over $332K in resort municipality funding from provincial government

By on May 14, 2014

Osoyoos will receive $322,472 from the B.C. government to support tourism infrastructure and amenities, Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson announced Tuesday.

“This $322,472 funding will enhance opportunities for tourism in our community,” Larson said. “Improving infrastructure and amenities is vital to the longevity of our tourism industry.”

The funding comes from the Resort Municipality Initiative program, which helps grow the tourism sector in 14 eligible municipalities.

“The RMI funding is crucial to our small rural resort communities,” Osoyoos Mayor Stu Well said. “This funding enables us to fully promote and continually improve our visitors’ experiences.”

Osoyoos has received a total of $2,255,498 from the RMI program since 2008. Funded projects will include boat parking, marina improvements, safety infrastructure and extensive upgrades to Gyro Park’s green space, parking, water slides and amphitheatre.

This year, the B.C. government is providing $10.5 million shared among British Columbia’s 14 resort-oriented municipalities.

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the B.C. Jobs Plan, creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues across the province.

Since RMI inception in 2007, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 participating communities.

The 14 communities that participate in the RMI initiative are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

RMI supports the BC Jobs Plan and Gaining the Edge: BC’s Tourism Strategy by helping resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face as seasonally dependent economies to grow their tourism offerings.

B.C.’s tourism sector is one of the eight key sectors identified in the BC Jobs Plan creating more than 125,000 jobs and over $13.5 billion in revenues in the province.

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, said the program is crucial to resort municipalities,

“We want to see our resort communities thriving,” said Bond. “The RMI is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of these tourism hot spots. It also means more jobs and ensuring visitors return to the communities for years to come.”

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