Each November, the B.C. government pays grants in lieu of property taxes to municipalities for provincially-owned buildings such as Quesnel’s provincial government building, which houses the provincial courthouse. Observer file photo

Quesnel and Wells receive provincial grants

The Province pays grants in lieu of property tax each November

The City of Quesnel and the District of Wells are receiving grants from the provincial government, which are given to municipalities in lieu of property taxes.

Quesnel and Wells are two of the 54 municipalities where residents will benefit from new and updated public infrastructure and critical services, thanks to grants in lieu of property taxes totalling more than $16 million.

“We’re proud to support the important work local governments do every day to create jobs, strengthen our local economies and deliver the services British Columbians rely on,” Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Citizens’ Services, said in a press release from the provincial government. “These annual grants play a critical role in helping local governments with planning — they use the funding to provide vital services and infrastructure that help improve people’s lives.”

The City of Quesnel is receiving $65,198 from the Province, while the District of Wells is receiving $2,537.

Each November, the Province pays grants in lieu of property taxes to municipalities and regional districts for services they provide in their communities, such as parks, sewers, roads and fire protection. The grants are for properties owned by the provincial government, such as office buildings, warehouses and courthouses. Municipalities use these grants to fund and maintain priority public services and local infrastructure projects.

Grant calculations are determined under the Municipal Aid Act. Provincially-owned properties are exempt from taxes under the federal Constitution Act. However, for certain properties, such as government buildings, the Province pays a grant in lieu of taxes. Other provincially-owned properties, such as roads and parks, are exempt from paying grants in lieu of taxes under the Municipal Aid Act. Schools and hospitals are also exempt under the law, as they are not owned by the provincial government, according to the news release.

— Quesnel News Staff

READ MORE: B.C. on track for housing plan, minister tells local governments


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Myles Mattila’s MindRight joins forces with HeadCheck Health

Former Quesnel athlete adds powerful player to his mental health advocacy team

Troll Resort in Wells opens Saturday, Dec. 14

Troll will be accepting donations for the Salvation Army for lift tickets and rentals Dec. 14

Keeping the community warm with compassion

Downtown Quesnel store Bb-Rox is offering free warm clothes to those who need them

Quesnel RCMP respond to single-vehicle crash north of the city

A Prince George Regional Corrections Centre vehicle had gone off the road and into the ditch

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Investigators confirm three died in B.C. plane crash

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

Most Read