A huge funding promise from the Federal Government still leaves plenty of questions that Avalanche Canada needs answered.
This from the Executive Director of Avalanche Canada, who is cautiously optimistic over the organization’s financial situation.
The Trudeau government announced 25 million dollars in funding earlier this week for the Revelstoke based group to help provide avalanche forecasts throughout Western Canada.
Avalanche Canada executive director Gilles Valade says the devil’s in the details though, as they still don’t know how that money will be provided and over how many years.
“We’ve been working on this for two years and we provided them our operational plan for a complete ramp-up to what we think is necessary with budgets, et cetera,” Valade says. “It was not the same amount as what we got, so now we have to see what they are expecting us to do with this money.”
Valade says the amount is significant, but no guidelines have been provided on its use.
“Its a one time $25 million grant, but we have no details on how we spend it or how long it needs to last,” Valade says. “It will be pretty well dependent on how fast we go through the money, so if it needs to last 50 years versus a five year plan.”
Avalanche Canada operated on a $2 million budget last year.
Villade says the group has been looking at expanding their coverage of mountain ranges to other areas and use of social media in that coverage.
Their forecasts are set to begin Friday afternoon.
– Gilles Valade, Executive Director – Avalanche Canada