Province ready to kick in $1.5-million for Victoria's Juno bid, if local governments can meet financial targets
The deadline for Victoria to submit a bid for the 2014 Junos is today and the provincial government says it is willing to help – provided certain financial conditions are met.
BC Liberal Cabinet Minister and Victoria area MLA Ida Chong says the province is first looking for a commitment from local governments.
“When the bid committee approached us, you know it really did require that there was a commitment at the local government level, at the municipal level. The last time the Junos was in British Columbia I believe was in 2009 and the City of Vancouver did, as the local government, put an amount up, so we just wanted to same commitment from local government. Here in Victoria, of course, you know there’s 13 municipalities so they had their work cut out for them.”
Once the bid committee is able to secure roughly $450-thousand from local government, the province says it will contribute another $1.5 million.
So far about 80% of the local target has been met and organizers are hopeful the remainder will be secured in future to supplement the bid being submitted today.