Port Edward council is pushing for income-assisted housing

Port Edward council is pushing for income-assisted housing in the community.

Members of Port Edward council were in Terrace in mid-May for a provincial government funding announcement, and took the opportunity to discuss a number of issues in their community.

B.C.’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Coralee Oakes announced up to $1 million in grants are being provided to help governments in the Northwest plan for economic growth associated with new industrial developments, with Port Edward reps spending more than an hour meeting with the minister afterward.

Mayor Dave MacDonald said he and councillors talked about how the funding could be used to best benefit Port Edward, and then informed Oakes of the need of income-assisted housing in the community.

“At least it’s something that’s on the radar that there’s people that are going to be displaced. We have to be thinking about all of our population with all that may happen here,” said MacDonald.

Other topics like “carwash rock” and BC Ferries were also brought up by council members, who said the conversation was positive.

“It seemed like a very receptive meeting in all aspects,” said MacDonald.