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The Government of Canada invests in HVAC retrofit for Snuneymuxw Daycare

NANAIMO, BC, Sept. 1, 2023 /CNW/ - Today, Parm Bains, Member of Parliament for Steveston ? Richmond East, and Michael Wyse, Chief of Snuneymuxw First Nation (Xumtilum), announced a federal investment of $281,460 to support a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) retrofit for the Snuneymuxw Daycare in Nanaimo.

The project will decommission and dispose of the daycare's existing HVAC system, replacing it with a new, more efficient system. Funding will also support building remediation and alternative arrangements for daycare operations during construction. Once complete, these improvements are expected to reduce the facility's energy consumption by an estimated 24% and greenhouse gas emissions by 0.34 tonnes annually.

The daycare provides child care and social services to families in Snuneymuxw Territory on Vancouver Island using a holistic approach that honours Snuneymuxw culture and Ancestral teachings. The project will improve air quality, reduce energy consumption and operating costs. This will ensure that the facility can continue delivering essential programming to the community.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country's economy, building resilient communities, and improving the lives of communities.


"Indigenous peoples have been stewards of the earth since time immemorial. Investments in projects that champion sustainability support our shared vision of a greener tomorrow. Today's announcement will make sure that the daycare can continue to serve the community as efficiently as possible while upholding principles that are integral to Snuneymuxw culture. We will continue to work with our partners to minimize environmental impact and make life better for Canadians."

Parm Bains, Member of Parliament for Steveston ? Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

"Our children and daycare remain a top priority. This important project aims to enhance our daycare's air quality, lower energy usage, and improve overall operational efficiency."

Michael Wyse, Chief of Snuneymuxw First Nation (Xumtilum)

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