Last week, the Provincial Government announced $1 million in funding split between five regional tourism associations.
Locally the funding will be distributed by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA).
The possible concern around the funding arises from a line in the provincial release;
Each RDMO will receive $200,000 in catalyst funding to support strategic planning and destination development in rural communities impacted by mill closures.
The ‘Mill Closures’ statement is then again repeated in a release from TOTA;
Priorities are for Destination Development Initiative(s) specifically targeting rural communities with populations of less than 25,000 who have been affected by permanent Mill Closures.
Will George, Director of Communications for the City of Merritt, joined Q101 to discuss the situation, and if the City will be able to apply for a portion of the funding.
“We haven’t heard one way or the other, but at the end of the day we’re going to fight as hard as we can to make sure additional dollars come into Merritt and the Nicola Valley,” said George.
“I did reach out to TOTA as soon as I heard the news, and we have a call scheduled with them within the next couple of weeks,” added George.
It should be noted that the last time the Provincial Government allocated funding for communities impacted by mill closures, Merritt did not qualify.
*Q101 has reached out to TOTA for clarification
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