PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George and area will be receiving $870,387 as part of almost $40 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.

The City of Prince George will receive a $393,486 in traffic fine revenue.

The following communities will receive Small Community grants:

Mackenzie – $167, 696

McBride – $124,216

Valemount – $123,109

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George will receive a Regional District grant of $61,880.

“Small communities have a limited tax base, making it very challenging to provide the services residents need and deserve,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “These grants help close that service gap and give flexibility to allow communities to determine their own local priorities.”

“Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing funding will provide additional resources for crime prevention, and as a result improve community safety and policing, while Small Community and Regional District grants will maintain necessary services and projects based on each community’s need,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

These are the first of two annual payments. A further payment of $75 million will be made in June 2015.

Since 2009, the Small Community, Regional District and Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Grants have provided more than $718 million in funding to support B.C. communities enabling them to invest money in projects that are identified as priorities at the local level.