Harrison to receive provincial tourism funds

Harrison to receive provincial tourism funds

Village is one of 14 communities to continue to benefit from provincial investment

UPDATE: A previous version of this story implied that this funding would be a new addition to the local budget. According to Harrison mayor Leo Facio, this tourism funding is a continuation of investments the village was already receiving from the previous provincial government.

The Village of Harrison is one of 14 B.C. communities to receive continued investments from the provincial government.

On Thursday the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture announced that it will maintain funding in resort municipalities to support jobs and benefit communities.

“People who live and work in resort municipalities will benefit from improved infrastructure, increased private investment and a more diversified economy as a result of this boost to the Resort Municipality Initiative,”Minister Lisa Beare said in a press release.

The province is investing $10.5 million for infrastructure projects and programs related to tourism in communities across B.C. including Fernie, Golden, Invermere and more.

Harrison mayor Leo Facio says the money is a continuation of funding the village has received from the last provincial government. After this fiscal year, the amount of funding will be up in the air.

“[The funding] is a great asset for the communities,” he says. “It is a success story, we just hope it will continue.”

According to the Ministry, the tourism sector employed 127,000 British Columbians in 2015 and contributed $7.4 billion to the province’s GDP.

You can access information on Resort Municipality Funding here.