On June 26, the Honourable James Moore announced $623,024 in funding support for arts and culture, seniors, accessibility upgrades, veterans and jobs in the Tri-Cities community.
The funding will support the City of Port Moody's Golden Spike Days Festival ($32,800), the Evergreen Cultural Centre ($14,000 to present its 2014-15 season), and la Société francophone de Maillardville ($59,000 over two years to present the Festival du Bois, one of the largest francophone events in BC).
The City of Coquitlam, the City of Port Coquitlam, the Port Moody Heritage Society and the Royal Canadian Legion #263 will receive a total of $30,800 to host festivities celebrating Canada’s birthday and heritage.
The Port Moody Heritage Society will receive $5,000 to honour community members who took part in World War I. The Port Moody Museum, operated by the Port Moody Heritage Society, will turn into a military encampment, recreating the wartime experience and sharing the stories of those who gave their lives for Canada.
The City of Coquitlam will receive $44,436 in funding to complete renovations to Coquitlam Town Centre that improve physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities.
The Glen Pine 50 Plus Society, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 and the Wilson Centre Seniors’ Advisory Association will receive $73,900 to upgrade their facilities and make it easier for seniors in the Tri-Cities to access community programs and take part in daily activities.
A total of $363,088 in funds through Canada Summer Jobs will create 98 job opportunities for youth with 45 employers in the Tri-Cities area. The organizations include the City of Coquitlam, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Evergreen Cultural Centre, the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Hawthorne Seniors Care Community, Terry Fox Foundation and the PoCo Youth Society.