2008-09-05

Pine Beetle Affected Community of Smithers Gets Investment From Federal Government

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is investing in three Smithers area projects, a community that has been greatly impacted by the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.

Federal funding of more than $531,000 was announced by Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. Funding is provided under the Community Economic Diversification Initiative (CEDI), a component of the federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program.

"Developing economic opportunities is a renewal option for Mountain Pine Beetle affected communities that need to diversify their local economy," said MP Harris. "With this investment in the Smithers community, the region will have the tools it needs to strengthen its economy."