After having success with the program last year, the BC government has announced that they will fund extreme weather shelters in more than ninety communities, including 100 Mile House and Quesnel.

The 20 local shelter spaces will be operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association and will be available from now until the end of March at the discretion of the community.

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett says she’s happy that communities are now able to offer these services to those who may be at risk in times of extreme weather.

“I’m just pleased that we do have this…A lot of times in little, small communities, you don’t have these types of programs. We’re very fortunate that the Canadian Mental Health is there to take it on.”

The weather shelters will provide more 1,100 spaces to those in need across the province, with an estimated cost of $1.6 million dollars.