RMI funding extension reviewed

The RMI program may end in 2017 if an extension to the program is not granted.
The RMI program may end in 2017 if an extension to the program is not granted.

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program is still set to expire in 2017 as a committee works on a proposal to extend the program.

“The program is important to many resorts,” said Mayor Al Raine who represented Sun Peaks on the Resort Communities Collaborative (RCC) committee.

The group, composed of 14 resort municipalities similar to Sun Peaks, created a proposal which was presented to various provincial representatives at the five day Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference
in September.

Raine said most of the meetings went well and were supportive of the proposal but there is still more work to
be done.

“Our hope is that in six to eight months we will have a decision,” said Raine. “I think that there will be a continuation of the program but it may look different.”

Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond said the program is important to the province and acknowledged its success but wasn’t clear if she expected the extension past 2017 to be approved.

“We appreciate the work that the RCC has done to provide data demonstrating the positive outcomes of RMI investments across British Columbia,” Bond said in an Oct. 21 email. “We are reviewing the RCC report and working with them to get more insight and clarification on some of the statistics and recommendations.”

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