The province of British Columbia is providing $21 million to help the town of Lytton re-establish essential infrastructure and services and continue recovery efforts.
The funding for Lytton will support priorities that have been identified in the Village of Lytton's recovery plan including:
- The restoration of crucial services, such as fire protection to enable residents to safely return to the community and start their own rebuilding efforts
- The reconstruction of key municipal infrastructure, including the village office, and the assessment for repair of water and sewer infrastructure; and
- Ensuring adequate staffing is in place for recovery-related municipal operations, including improving consistent communication with residents.
The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says Lytton residents have shown tremendous strength as the community has come together to recover what was lost.
"With new funding to help get essential services and infrastructure back up and running, the Village of Lytton is taking another step forward on this challenging journey of rebuilding. The Province has supported that journey, and we're going to keep working together to rebuild Lytton."
A year after the fire, the village townsite remains a burned crater only in the cleanup stages.
"Now, additional funding will help the Village take necessary next steps to assist people starting to safely return to the area and know that they are supported with essential services," said Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice.
"That includes taking steps to help build back water infrastructure in a way that addresses the historical challenges that this system faced prior to the fire."
It is hoped actual reconstruction efforts of the village site will start this fall.