Province announces funding for resort communities

Osoyoos is on the list of 14 municipalities receiving funding from the provincial government this year.

Osoyoos has been listed as one of the municipalities eligible for $10.5 million in funding from the provincial government as part of the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).

The RMI helps grow the tourism sector in eligible municipalities in B.C. The $10.5 million in funding goes towards 14 eligible communities and the government announced Monday that the RMI program will be extended for another year to the end of 2017.

The program helps municipalities to increase the number of visitors, and the length of their stay. As well, the funding helps broaden resort activities, grow employment and diversify the local tax base.

Municipalities eligible include Osoyoos, Golden, Fernie, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoe, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.

The tourism industry in B.C. created 132,200 jobs and generated $13.9 billion in revenue in 2013. The RMI program is part of the BC Jobs Plan as well as Gaining the Edge, B.C.’s tourism strategy to help resort-based municipalities address the unique challenges they face in seasonally-dependent economies.

The province also invests more than $90 million annually in the tourism sector throughout B.C. aside from the RMI program.

“The Resort Municipality Initiative is designed to help improve and strengthen the economies of resort communities around the province. We know that the tourism sector helps drive our diverse economy and is a significant job creator. We want to ensure that when visitors choose to enjoy one of these resort municipalities they have a memorable experience and that it motivates them to continue to make British Columbia their year round destination of choice,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and SKills Taraining and Minister Responsible for Labour.

Just Posted

Vandalism closes public washrooms in Penticton’s Okanagan Lake Park indefinitely

A post by the city’s Facebook said the damage is ‘quite extensive’

Okanagan Water Board opens floodgates with call for grant applications

Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program open from Armstrong to Osoyoos

Community safety, recreation and culture first topics of discussion in Penticton’s 2020 budget

Penticton RCMP clocked roughly 6,000 hours of overtime in ten months, at a cost of $422k

Three-vehicle crash in Penticton sends one to hospital

The Penticton RCMP are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the collision

City releases tips and tricks to stay safe over holiday season

Included below is a list of revised garbage and recycling days, and rules for curbside collection

Video: Magicians and Bubble Wonders highlight Penticton Shriners Variety Show

The annual fundraiser filled the Cleland Community Theatre on Sunday.

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

Disturbing find: Shuswap family seeking Christmas tree locates several animal carcasses

Black bear, a coyote and five deer found dumped in gravel pit west of Salmon Arm

RCMP uncover meth in arrest of Sicamous woman linked to alleged pellet gun shooting

Police say methamphetamine and other drugs found in car driven by suspect

Pawsative Pups: Help your dog love their crate

Lisa Davies is a new columnist for Black Press who writes about dog training

Spark Joy: The art of giving and receiving

Barb and Wendy at Simply Spark Joy help you to create a clutter free home on the Black Press Media

Coldstream surf shop welcomes winter with paddle

Winter Chill event Saturday, Dec. 21, on Kal Lake is ‘food’-raiser for food bank

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

Most Read