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BC Rural Dividend project awards for Sea to Sky communities
  • N'Quatqua First Nation is being awarded $47,522 to conduct a business improvement analysis for the N'Quatqua First Nation convenience store. The project will determine how to improve current business operations and assess how best to expand the store's operations.
  • The Village of Pemberton is being awarded $100,000 to develop an economic development strategy and plan. The project includes hiring a manager to consult with local communities and Nuk’w7ántal’ regional governance to identify economic development priorities, partnerships and initiatives for the region.
  • Spo7ez Cultural Centre and Community Society is being awarded $92,140 to develop an Indigenous tourism startup program. This project builds on a project funded in a previous Rural Dividend intake and supports new entrepreneurs to create an authentic Indigenous tourism business concept, as well as marketing and business plans.
  • The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is being awarded $39,804 for a two-component project. Component one will update billboards along the Sea to Sky corridor to attract tourists and customers to local businesses. Component two includes developing and delivering brand-ambassador training for Squamish residents and the local workforce.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District is being awarded $56,000 for an affordable housing need-and-demand study. The project will identify immediate housing needs, review current housing stock and its ability to meet present and future demands in the region, and estimate future needs.
  • The Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association is being awarded $10,000 for Phase 1 of a project to rebuild the Half Nelson mountain biking trail. Funds will be used to clear drains, reshape key features and rebuild the top kilometre of the trail.
  • The Tourism Squamish Society is being awarded $17,268 to develop and distribute a new visitor map for the area. This project includes forming a working committee, consulting with the community and local businesses, and integrating geographic information system data.
  • Whistler Arts Council is being awarded $80,000 for its employment diversification and resilience project. This project links arts professionals with local musicians to help them produce marketing and promotional material, host a youth talent show and produce Canadian content music videos.
  • The Resort Municipality of Whistler is being awarded $60,000 to develop, produce, promote and present a series of seminars to educate residents about Whistler’s geodiversity, biodiversity, arts, history and heritage, including the history and heritage of Indigenous peoples, pre- and post-contact.