While the countdown is on for the Balanced Budget 2017, there’s been another funding announcement Sunday that’s designed to help out local business.
B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture, Norm Letnick, says an additional $6-million will be invested into the Buy Local Program.
He says if approved, the government will match what the applicants are putting in for various projects, and that the program will have $2-million invested into it each year for the next three years.
“And that’s in addition to the $8-million that we’ve already invested over the last four years. So seven years, and what I hope will be, about $50-million of investment between the public sector and the private sector.”
Letnick says in the last four years, the government funded about 200 projects throughout B.C.
“Those 200 projects have helped our farmers, our ranchers, our fishers, our food producers, our agri-food retailers… continue to promote the good product that we have here in British Columbia and to all British Columbians and encourage them to choose B.C. products.”
He says the funding is also meant to grow the economy by creating more job opportunities.