PRINCE GEORGE –  Prince George and regional communities have received $1,641,882 as part of almost $75.2 million being invested into communities across B.C. to meet local needs including more policing, new equipment, increased community safety initiatives, infrastructure and service delivery priorities.

Prince George has received $719,882 in traffic fine revenue.

The Fraser-Fort George Regional District has received a Regional District grant of $119,634.

Communities receiving Small Community grants:

McBride – $240,149

Valemount – $238,008

Mackenzie – $324, 209.

“These resources will help increase community safety as well as help local governments provide valuable services for the people in their communities,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

“These grants allow local governments to focus on their priorities and the projects that are most important to them,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “We know that small communities grapple with how they can enhance infrastructure and improve public safety and this grant program helps to make those decisions a little easier.”

This is the second of two annual payments. A payment of $40 million was made in March 2015.

Since 2009, the Small Community, Regional District and Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Grants have provided more than $792 million in funding to support B.C. communities enabling them to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level.