Brownfield funding helps revitalize communities

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced last week that $1.8 million will be available in the fourth round of the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program to revitalize brownfield sites throughout the province.

  • Apr. 9, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced last week that $1.8 million will be available in the fourth round of the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program to revitalize brownfield sites throughout the province.

This brings the total funding provided by the province to $4.2 million.

Brownfields are abandoned, vacant or derelict sites that are contaminated, but have the potential for redevelopment.

The province’s contributions allow these sites to reach their full potential, increasing commercial space, creating employment, improving community safety, retaining greenspace and reducing pressures on undeveloped land.

Since its inception in 2009, the Province’s Brownfield Renewal Funding Program has funded initial environmental work on 29 projects, making B.C. a national leader in brownfield management.

The redevelopment of brownfield sites contribute economically, environmentally and socially to their communities, providing economic development opportunities, cleaning up environmental contamination, contributing to retaining green space and creating a greater sense of  public safety. Applicants can apply by downloading the online Brownfield Renewal Funding

Application and submitting in hard copy form by April 29, 2011. Complete information can be found at: www.brownfieldrenewal.gov.bc.ca