The provincial government announced Monday (April 22) that 11 projects in the Cariboo region will receive $935,925 in BC Rural Dividend Program funding.
This includes $100,000 to the Lhtako Dené First Nation to complete the designs and the environmental, mitigation and topographical assessments, as well as cost estimates for a construction package to support the addition of a two-bay truck wash at the Lhtako Gas and Convenience store.
The New Pathways to Gold Society is being awarded $54,550 for the Cariboo Wagon Road Restoration Project. This project will allow for community engagement and will help develop final planning documents and restore sections of the Cariboo Wagon Road from Yale to Barkerville.
As well, the Cariboo Regional District is being awarded $100,000 to expand low-mobility wilderness trails, including the Anahim Lake Trails Network, Nimpo Lake Community Trails and Bullion Pit Historic Site. This project was developed as a result of two previously funded Rural Dividend projects.
Xatsull First Nation (Soda Creek Indian Band) is receiving $100,000 to explore the potential for agriculture on Soda Creek Indian Reserve No. 1 and Deep Creek Indian Reserve No. 2.
The project includes a land capacity report, a summary plan of agricultural opportunities and a capital investment plan.
In this region, grants are also being provided to the Canim Lake Indian Band, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin Society, the Corporation of the Village of Clinton, the Esk’etemc First Nation, the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem Development Ltd. Partnership, the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area Association, and the Yunesit’in First Nation.
Across B.C., almost $19 million is being awarded through the Rural Dividend Program.