Whistler receives $474,755 grant from Strategic Community Investment Fund 

A total of $1,283,918 for Sea to Sky corridor, some money coming from traffic fines

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Whistler has received a $474,755 grant from the provincial government's Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF), with some of that amount coming from revenues taken from traffic fines.

The money was part of $1,283,918 in SCIF grants to Sea to Sky communities. This included $318,892 for Squamish, $320,204 for Pemberton, and $170,067 for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

Whistler and Squamish's largesse came from two revenues streams, which make up the SCIF, the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing (TFRS) program and Small Community and Regional District Grants (SCG). Whistler's breakdown was $198,104 from the TFRS and $276,651 coming from the SCG, while Squamish's breakdown was $150,873 (TFRS) and $168,104 (SCG).

Pemberton and the SLRD's grants came from the SCG only.

A release from the BC Liberal Government Caucus, said the SCIF grants "allow communities to invest in their own priority projects" and "assist local governments in providing basic services."

In addition, the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program helps municipalities that directly pay for police enforcement costs. These grants come from ticket fines and court-imposed fines on violation tickets, with the amount of money received by a municipality due to its contributions to total municipal policing costs.

Monies from this provide addition funding to policing services and crime prevention programs.

More to come.

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