Yesterday, the leaders of the Northwest Resource Benefits Alliance met with Premier John Horgan to brief the Premier on resource benefits sharing agreement for the northwest.
The Premier confirmed he and his senior government officials will collaborate beginning immediately, with the RBA on a resource benefits agreement.
The meeting took place at the Union of BC Municipalities annual convention.
If an agreement is made, this means direct revenue from the province to communities from Haida Gwaii to Vanderhoof, which increases local services, lower residential and commercial taxes, while becoming more equipped to plan and prepare for growth.
Mayor of Prince Rupert Lee Brain says “This agreement will also ensure local First Nations benefits as well, by allowing us to strengthen relationships with the surrounding communities… This will be a win-win for everyone.”
The provincial government and the RBA are hoping to reach an agreement within six months.