The BC government says it will commit $3-million dollars to improve safety along the so-called Highway of Tears.
In a long-awaited funding announcement, the province says the money will go towards enhancing existing transit services, expanding driver-training programs and helping communities buy and operate transit vehicles.
The province has also earmarked $500,000 to install webcams and transit shelters along the remote, northern route.
Todd Stone, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister says his ministry will help communities along the highway access the funding they need.
NDP Skeena MLA Robin Austin says while it’s a step in the right direction, it still doesn’t go far enough.
Austin hopes the federal inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls will focus attention on the Highway of Tears.
The 750km stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert is notorious for the number of women who have been murdered or have gone missing along or near the route.