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Canada and British Columbia invest in infrastructure in the Vancouver Island region to create jobs and strengthen communities


PORT ALBERNI, BC, July 3, 2020 /CNW/ - New investments in community infrastructure by the governments of Canada and British Columbia will benefit Island communities while also supporting economic recovery in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by getting projects under way and meeting communities' needs as they restart their economies.

These investments will play a key role in strengthening local economies, and helping ensure all British Columbians have access to the services and cultural networks they need to build resilient communities.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development; and the Honourable Scott Fraser, Member of Legislative Assembly for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, on behalf of the Honourable Selina Robinson, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced funding for 22 projects on the Island under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations will build a new culture centre to provide the community with a language training room, a kitchen, dedicated areas for the production and the sale of arts and crafts, multi-purpose rooms, and washrooms. The facility will also have a multi-purpose field with bleachers for soccer and softball, and a presentation stage with stands for outdoor cultural events.

The Town of Ladysmith will build a new Arts and Heritage Hub at the site of the town's historic machinery shop to showcase local culture and history, and highlight the town's positive relationship with the Stz'uminus First Nation. This hub is part of a waterfront redevelopment plan to support community development and will provide space for art exhibitions, performances and special events.

Among the other projects receiving this funding are improvements to community centres, health centres, storm water management, drinking water and wastewater facilities, cultural facilities and social support hubs. 

The Government of Canada is contributing more than $33.2 million, the Government of British Columbia is contributing over $8.7 million and the individual applicants are contributing more than $12.2 million to these projects through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada Plan.

More than $23.2 million of the federal and provincial funding is going to eight projects in Indigenous communities.

Further announcements of infrastructure investments will follow in the coming months as Canada and British Columbia work together to support jobs, improve our communities, and safely and sustainably restore economic growth.

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"Investing in community centres, recreation and cultural facilities means children and youth will have a safe place to play and learn, seniors have a place to meet, our clubs and groups can have a home. These facilities build strong, dynamic communities where people want to put down roots and do business. Together with the Province, we are supporting projects that will create jobs and bring residents new facilities and programs that will make a real difference in people's lives for years to come."

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"It is more important than ever to support rural and Indigenous communities. The projects we're announcing today will help smaller communities on the Island rally now while supporting growth, helping preserve local heritage, and enhancing residents' quality of life."

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

"In partnership with the federal government, we are investing in infrastructure that will strengthen communities here on the island and across B.C. The construction of the Ahtaapq Creek Hydropower Project will support the Hesquiaht First Nation in their transition to cleaner energy sources and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I'm also pleased to see funding going towards several community centres in my constituency. People need public spaces and services to support their health and well-being now more than ever." 

The Honourable Scott Fraser, Member of Legislative Assembly for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, on behalf of the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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Canada and British Columbia invest in infrastructure in the Vancouver Island region to create jobs and strengthen communities

Joint federal, provincial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will support 22 infrastructure projects for the benefit of British Columbia's Island communities.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $33.2 million through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS). The Government of British Columbia is contributing more than $8.7 million and the applicants (municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profits) are contributing over $12.2 million.

Of the $41.9 million in federal and provincial funding announced today, over $23.2 million will be going to eight projects in Indigenous communities.

CCRIS project Information

Community

Project Name

Project Details

Federal

Funding

Provincial

Funding

Applicant

Funding

Capital Regional District

Mayne Island Regional Trail Phase 1 Development

Construction of a new 2.3 km regional trail separated from vehicle traffic along the main island road to accommodate pedestrian and cycling uses on Mayne Island. Signage will also be installed along the trail.

$1,515,556

$1,262,837

$1,010,499

Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Arena Chiller Replacement and Air Handling Rehabilitation

Upgrades to the Cowichan Arena include replacement of the arena ice plant chiller, rebuilding the dehumidifier, and installation of an air sock to the air handling system to improve air circulation during the dry floor (non-ice) season.

$134,000

$111,655

$89,345

Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Community Cultural Center

Construction of a cultural centre that will include multi-purpose rooms, a kitchen, washrooms, language training room, a dedicated area for arts and crafts sales and production as well as a multi-purpose field for soccer and softball with bleachers, and a presentation stage with stands for outdoor cultural events.

$1,494,375

$298,875

$199,250

Gabriola Island

 

Huxley Skatepark Project

Construction of a skatepark in Huxley Park on Gabriola Island includes a covered structure, wooden benches, portable bleachers, garbage cans, new trails to connect to the bus stop and surrounding neighbourhoods, a gravel parking lot, a retaining wall, and chain link fencing.

$309,480

$257,874

$206,346

Parksville

Improvements to Public Spaces in Parksville Community Park

Construction of a new outdoor theatre, a multi-use gathering plaza, dressing rooms, washrooms and storage space.

$689,225

$574,296

$459,542

Pauquachin First Nation

Legacy Gathering Space

Construction of the Pauquachin Legacy Gathering Place for the expression and exploration of the Coast Salish and WSÁNEC peoples' traditional culture and history. This project includes a new unheated Big House, a heated and fully serviced band hall, new roof-mounted solar photovoltaic arrays and a back-up generator as well as landscaping, and lighting.

$6,371,531

$0

$2,123,844

Port McNeill

Pool Mechanical Upgrade and Heat Loop

Upgrades to the pool's mechanical systems and creation of a heat loop between the pool and the Chilton Arena.

$120,000

$99,990

$80,010

Saanich

Gorge Soccer Association: Hampton Park Artificial Turf Replacement Project

Replacement of two artificial turf playing fields at Hampton Park including general site preparation, removal of existing artificial turf, regrading existing subsurface materials, and installation of shock/drainage pad and new turf playing surface.

$280,000

$175,000

$ 245,000

Sooke

Scouts Canada: Cascadia Council

Camp Barnard Mor Kitchen and Dining Facility

Installation of a pre-fabricated kitchen and dining facility including accessible washrooms and showers.

$260,366

$162,729

$227,822

Sooke

Sunriver Multi-use Sport Box

Construction of a multi-use sport box including concrete pads, washrooms and bleachers, emergency road and parking.

$486,992

$405,786

$324,702

T'Sou-ke Nation

T'Sou-ke Nation Community Complex and Health Centre

Construction of a community complex and health centre including community hall, kitchen, outdoor patio, offices, washrooms and elevator.

$3,893,355

$0

$1,297,785

Ucluelet

Amphitrite Point Project

Upgrades to the Ucluelet Amphitrite to create a gathering space for safe storm-watching while giving visitors a view into the surrounding community, cultural and natural histories. Improvements include a multi-purpose space for presentations and interpretive displays, a new wraparound deck and two washrooms.

$544,320

$453,554

$362,926

View Royal

Victoria Highland Games Association: Craigflower Hall Community Centre

Construction of a new community centre on the Craigflower Manor heritage property including a central communal meeting area and multi-purpose meeting rooms.

$1,748,400

$1,092,750

$1,529,850

Victoria

Victoria Cool Aid Society: Arts Collective Maker Space

Construction of an arts studio space including workstations to support vulnerable and marginalized community members, and installation of a security system.

$430,360

$268,975

$376,565

RNIS project information

Community

Project Name

Project Details

Federal

Funding

Provincial

Funding

Applicant

Funding

Bamfield

Bamfield Community Hall

Construction of a new hall to provide a space for community gatherings, arts and culture, weddings and funerals includes offices, washrooms, kitchen, bar, coat room, meeting room, event space, outdoor covered deck, storage room, tool shed, and parking lot with electric vehicle charging station.

$673,585

$336,792

$336,793

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

Padakus Hydropower Project: Construction Phase 2

Construction of a hydropower system to reduce diesel usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and costs to produce electricity for the community. This project includes an intake structure, piping, powerhouse facility, and interconnection to micro-grid.

$4,459,789

$0

$1,486,597

Hesquiaht First Nation

Ahtaapq Creek Hydropower Project

Construction of a 350-kW hydropower project at Ahtaapq Creek to replace the diesel-generated power that currently supplies Hot Springs Cove Village. The project includes construction of the intake, headpond, dam, penstock, powerhouse, distribution line, tributary intake system and powerhouse.

$4,000,000

$0

$1,333,334

Kwakiutl First Nation

Outdoor Community Sports Field

Construction of a multi-use field and running track on the Kwakultl First Nation to support health and social opportunities.

$517,327

$0

$172,443

Ladysmith

Arts and Heritage Hub

Construction of a visual art studio at the Arts and Heritage Hub in Ladysmith includes construction of a boardwalk, reconfiguration of parking, landscaping, benches, signage and bike racks.

$1,837,500

$1,470,000

$367,500

Meares Island

Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society:Dock Project, Meares Island, Clayoquot Sound

Dock replacement on Meares Island, which is within the traditional territory of the Ahousaht First Nation, to allow continued access to the island. The project includes the installation of a new pier, ramp and float with footings and pilings.

$409,090

$136,364

$0

Port Hardy

Recreation Revitalization (Arena)

Renovations to the 39-year-old arena in Port Hardy include a new roof, updates to the ice refrigeration system, increased access to the arena and a new digital marquee.

$1,789,688

$1,193,125

$0

Toquaht Nation

t?uk??aa?ath?iic his?imyi?y?ak: Toquaht Gathering Place

Construction of a gathering place to support the community of Macoah in the Toquaht Territory will include a lobby, washrooms, change rooms and kitchen.

$1,248,000

$416,000

$0

Province opens applications for infrastructure funding to build stronger communities: 
https://news.gov.bc.ca/22503 

Associated links

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Government of Canada takes action on COVID-19:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse/government-canada-takes-action-covid-19.html 

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/bc-eng.html

B.C.'s Restart Plan: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan

Government of British Columbia's Infrastructure program:
www.gov.bc.ca/Investing-in-Canada-Infrastructure-Program

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