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“It’s imperative”: BC Rural Dividend program should be reinstated to help small communities, says Liberal MP

By Raven Nyman
BC Local News
January 16, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Peter Milobar

With the new year charging onward, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Peter Milobar wants to see more tangible support for workers affected by the province’s forestry crisis. He’d also like to know whether or not the BC Rural Dividend program will be reinstated to help small communities. Since the government’s suspension of the program in 2019 and subsequent reallocation of its funds to support BC forestry workers, some small municipalities have expressed concerns about the decision and its potential effect on local economies. “People expected there would have been more of a rollout after the announcement,” said Milobar, referencing government support promised to forestry workers. Previously, the BC Rural Dividend program provided up to $25 million a year to help diversify the economies of communities with a population of 25,000 or less. …Despite the challenges ahead, Milobar is hopeful that short-term opportunities like the Trans Mountain Pipeline will help forestry workers affected by recent mill closures and curtailments.

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