Local MLA Bowinn Ma welcomes annual PAC funds, thanks volunteers for their dedication

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NORTH VANCOUVER – MLA Bowinn Ma is welcoming over $100,000 in Community Gaming Grant funding to local Parent Advisory Councils that will benefit students in North Vancouver-Lonsdale.

“PACs are some of this province’s greatest unsung heroes,” said MLA Ma. “They work hard to deliver extracurricular activities that allow students to learn, grow, and play. I thank them for taking the time to secure funding, and the countless hours they dedicate to putting it toward good use.”

Schools receive PAC funding each year to provide students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with a variety of extracurricular experiences including field trips, sports and playground equipment, music, and writing and debate competitions.

The provincial government believes that no child should be denied opportunities because their family can’t afford it, and that programs like the Community Gaming Grants and the new Playground Equipment Program help level the playing field.

Quick Facts:

  • The Community Gaming Grants Branch provides funding to parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) to support the enhancement of extracurricular opportunities for K-12 students in British Columbia.
  • For the 2019-2020 school year, more than 1,300 PACs and DPACs throughout B.C. are receiving approximately $11 million in Community Gaming Grant funding. Community Gaming Grants provide up to $140 million to about 5,000 not-for-profit organizations throughout British Columbia each year.
  • Funding amounts for PACs are currently set at a rate of $20 per student. The total grant amount is based on student enrollment as of the start of the previous school year. The grant funding amount for DPACs is currently set at $2,500 per year.