By Camille Aubin

The Village of Radium Hot Spring received a grant of $459,000 from the provincial government. The money comes from a massive federal-provincial program in which local governments were given $425 million for what’s termed a ‘safe restart’.

“British Columbians are depending on government to provide help during the pandemic and build a resilient, secure future for our province,” said Premier John Horgan. “That’s why I’m pleased this new funding will secure B.C.’s share of the federal government’s $19-billion Safe Restart program and ensure people have access to the critical services they need in their communities.”

How the amount of the grant will be distributed has not been determined yet. During the next council meeting, on Dec. 9, councillors will discuss how the grant could be used. Eligible costs will include addressing revenues shortfalls; facility reopening and operating costs; bylaw enforcement and protective services such as fire protection and police; computer and other electronic technology costs; services for vulnerable persons and other related costs.