NELSON – Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson is welcoming $10 million in funding to support Avalanche Canada. The funding will go toward developing and delivering avalanche safety and awareness throughout the province’s mountainous regions.
“People in our region love to enjoy the outdoors all year round. We also know that, in the winter, the risk of avalanche is very real in our beautiful mountains. I’m really glad this funding will be going toward keeping our residents, and visitors when we welcome them back, safe in the backcountry.”
About 75% of all Canadian avalanche fatalities occur in B.C., and about 90% of Avalanche Canada’s services are delivered in this province. A significant portion of both of those figures happens in the Kootenays. This grant will allow Avalanche Canada to expand its regional forecasts to under-served regions in B.C., increase its delivery of avalanche safety training for youth, and provide more programs for winter recreationists of all types.
Avalanche Canada is a non-government, not-for-profit organization dedicated to public avalanche safety. They issue free daily avalanche forecasts throughout the winter for much of the mountainous regions of western Canada, coordinate and deliver avalanche awareness and education programs, provide curriculum and support to instructors of the Avalanche Canada Training programs, act as a central point-of-contact for avalanche information, and work closely with many different avalanche research projects, both at home and abroad.