Grant to support Lytton wildfire recovery

The province is immediately providing a $ 1 million grant to help the village of Lytton recover from the devastation caused by this year’s wildfire.

“Lytton residents, business owners and local government face a huge challenge, and our government is providing the support they need now to rebuild,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “With homes and businesses closed or lost, the village of Lytton is struggling financially to continue to operate. With this funding, the village can continue its essential work on the ground to get the community back on its feet. “

Of this funding, $ 500,000 will support the community in its efforts to revive the local economy and $ 500,000 will be used for operational activities in the village of Lytton. This means the Village of Lytton can continue to pay their staff who lead the forest fire restoration in the community.

“The provincial government is supporting the community of Lytton as it recovers and rebuilds itself,” said Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development. “By working closely with Lytton officials, we will continue to do all we can to overcome the challenges they identify and accelerate recovery efforts. I know from my own experience how useful funds like these can be in helping to successfully navigate community recovery. “

Funding is provided by the province through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Exploitation and Rural Development.

Rice and Russell have been appointed as the Province-Village Recovery Liaison to help support the community and residents throughout a strong and lasting recovery. They will participate in a virtual town hall hosted by the Village of Lytton on December 9.

“Our village was devastated by the forest fire last summer, but our spirits remain strong,” said Jan Polderman, Mayor of Village Lytton. “We hope to rebuild as soon as possible, and this grant will help us meet our immediate critical needs. “

The Government of British Columbia is supporting Lytton’s recovery by funding four key areas:

Emergency and temporary accommodation:

Local Government Recovery Team:

  • emergency operations center staff
  • communication skills
  • recovery and project management
  • economic development coordinator
  • support for financial management and governance
  • investigation coordination
  • recovery planning support provided by the Fraser Basin Council

Safe return and re-entry:

  • safe worktops and site security
  • back-to-school coordinator
  • risk assessments for dangerous trees
  • environmental risk assessment and soot sampling
  • disaster financial assistance
  • debris removal

Other financial and in-kind support:

  • coordination of donation management
  • case management

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