The B.C. Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture has chosen to continue its funding program for infrastructure in 14 different municipalities across the province.
The funds will be divvied up between tourist towns such as Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Whister, Osoyoos and of course, Fernie.
“People who live and work in resort municipalities will benefit from improved infrastructure, increased private investment and a more diversified economy as a result of this boost to the Resort Municipality Initiative,”said Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture Lisa Beare.
“We’re committed to creating jobs and building a strong economy that works for everyone. Strengthening our tourism sector by supporting the Resort Municipality Initiative is one way we are delivering on that commitment.”
The City of Fernie has used its share of the funding in previous years to buy a portable public stage, used for events like Chautauqua.
It was an announcement that Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano and council eagerly awaited, mentioning it in council after they returned from UBCM.
“Resort municipalities provide year-round experiences that are unique to our province,” Beare said. “The Resort Municipality Initiative enriches the lives of British Columbians who live in resort municipalities, contributes to better experiences for tourists and it boosts local economies.”