The Delta Firefighters Charitable Society decorated the green corridor between the George Mackie Library and the North Delta Public Health Unit with Christmas lights in 2016 (pictured) and 2017. New funding from the City of Delta would give local businesses the opportunity to do something similar for the next four years. (James Smith photo)

Funding available for North Delta business community projects

Council approved $15,000 per year for four years to support community lighting and other initiatives

North Delta businesses can now access city funds to help jump start community initiatives like those undertaken by South Delta’s BIAs.

On Monday, May 6, Delta council signed off on providing annual funding of $15,000 for four years through its fledgling North Delta Business Initiative, to support lighting and other community-based projects and events.

Launched in late January of this year, the initiative is a working group of North Delta businesses supported by City of Delta staff and resources that the city hopes will eventually spin off into an autonomous self-funded North Delta business improvement association, similar to those that exist currently in Tsawwassen and Ladner.

City manager Sean McGill told the Reporter in January that without a BIA to liaise with, the city has to go to individual business owners in North Delta in order to get feedback or to co-ordinate on projects, which can be a barrier to getting things done.

“If [the City of] Delta wants to go up there and work with local businesses together on a bi-local program, [for example],” he said, “there are all kinds of initiatives that we don’t have specific contacts for.”

This new initiative creates “a collective group that we can work with to improve outreach for both Delta and the businesses.”

READ MORE: City initiative aims to kick-start a North Delta business association

According to the staff report council endorsed on May 6, the new funding is a “first step in providing tangible support to the North Delta business community,” allowing said community to “undertake initiatives similar to those already underway in Ladner and Tsawwassen, such as lighting, events and collaborative business promotions.”

“Staff will work with the North Delta business community to ensure the funding supports efforts that showcase local businesses in North Delta and bring people to the community to enjoy the offerings of these local businesses,” the report reads, noting council will be kept apprised of initiatives that are funded through this framework.

Council also endorsed a staff recommendation on May 6 to provide the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association with $15,000 per year for four years to support the “lighting up” of Tsawwassen’s commercial core and other community initiatives.

The two funding commitments approved on May 6 follow a similar decision back in March, when council agreed to provide the Ladner Business Association with $15,000 in annual funding for four years to support the LBA’s Light Up Ladner Village initiative and other community projects.

— With files from Saša Lakić



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey man’s extensive report calls city’s policing claims ‘unsubstantiated garbage’

Surrey’s Richard Landale has taken public engagement to a whole new level

474 Surrey intersections monitored by live-feed cameras

Cameras prove to be useful tool for commuters, ICBC, RCMP

Surrey’s Eat the Dishes named finalist in Small Business BC awards

Marissa Bergeron says she ‘jumped for joy’ when she found out

Surrey RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Delta police officer

One officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving another officer is investigated

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

Mud slide prompts evacuation in Burnaby as rain saturates southern B.C.

About 20 metres of a five to six-metre high wall gave way

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

Fraser Valley poultry producer’s $130,000 fight with the CFIA earns him a red-tape award

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Paperweight Awards ‘honour’ government over-regulation

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Most Read