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Rural development grants awarded in the Kootenay economic region

Village of Canal Flats – Shore to Shore Pathway (Phase 2)

The Shore to Shore Pathway is a high-quality, non-motorized destination recreation trail. It connects the village of Canal Flats to the municipal beach on the Columbia Lake at Tilley Memorial Park.

The Shore to Shore Pathway will follow the footsteps of David Thompson who, in the 19th century, used the land where the village now stands as a portage site between the Kootenay River and Columbia Lake as he travelled in the territory of the Ktunaxa and Shuswap people.

The Village of Canal Flats has received $109,205 for the project.

Rural development grants awarded in the Vancouver Island/Coast economic region

Nuxalk Nation – Re-establishing the Bella Coola/Kimsquit Ooligan Grease Trail

In recent years, the Nuxalk Nation has been working to protect and enhance its stewardship of the Necleetsconnay watershed, which is home to culturally and traditionally significant resources for Nuxalk Nation. The Ooligan Grease Trail represents an essential means to economic recovery from COVID-19. The construction of the trail will create meaningful employment opportunities and directly support short- and long-term community economic development, including employment creation in:

  • ecotourism and guide outfitting;
  • small businesses in supplying traditional foods and resources to regional and international markets;
  • piloting the Nation’s off-grid tiny homes;
  • increasing access to fibre supplies for a bio-energy project; and
  • accelerating work on a proposed long-term hydropower project to replace diesel power.

The Nuxalk Nation has received $879,688 for the project.

Rural development grants awarded in the Mainland/Southwest economic region

Xaxli’p Development Corporation – Sobotka Ranch irrigation upgrades

Sobotka Ranch has an irrigation system that diverts water from the nearby Cinquefoil Creek, and much of the system is in poor condition and requires upgrades to ensure long-term viability.

The project will involve design and build upgrades to the existing system, including replacing the water main, assessing and upgrading the intake, and adding a filter and flow-meter assembly. The community is interested in developing viable agricultural operations on the property to provide employment and generate revenue.

Xaxli’p Development Corporation has completed planning work as part of the Agriculture Community Readiness project, supported by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada's Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (IAFSI) to explore soil capability, crop suitability and market opportunities, and to assess the irrigation needs and existing system at Sobotka Ranch.

The Xaxli’p Development Corporation has received $412,600 for the project.

Rural development grants awarded in the Thompson Okanagan economic region

District of Barriere – Louis Creek water project

The Louis Creek water project will complete the potable water system at Louis Creek Industrial Park.

The project will involve the addition of a roof to the existing reservoir, completing the distribution system to the industrial park lots and adding a second water supply well. These works are required to eliminate the need for point-of-entry treatment, improve fire protection and meet the potable water demands as the Louis Creek Industrial Park expands. The completion of the potable water system will enable development of the remaining lots.

The District of Barriere has received $1 million for the project.

Lytton First Nation – Yekm Food Hub

Rural development funding for this project contributes to the completion of the exterior finishings for the Yekm Food Hub. Features include paving an entryway, installing an electrical pole and powerline, constructing a septic field, purchasing and installing solar panels, purchasing and installing signage (general, interpretive and cultural/geographical), and adding an artist's mural to the outside of the building.

The Lytton First Nation has received $582,282 for the project.

Upper Kanaka Bar – Community Resiliency Project

The Upper Kanaka Community Resiliency Project is a community infrastructure and agriculture development initiative that will see the community advance its self-sufficiency, food security, climate resiliency and shared prosperity goals.

The project has four components:

  • Project area A, known as the Gathering Place, is an area dedicated to holistic health and wellness. The covered court will act as an auditorium for the community to gather for presentations, meetings and events while following COVID-19 protocols. With the community building and playground adjacent, children can play and learn while their parents are nearby.
  • Project area B is a cultural resiliency centre that will include cellars, a greenhouse and a pilot aquaculture project.
  • Project area C will be an animal shelter to protect livestock from extreme heat and cold.
  • Project area E was cleared and terraced to make space for a new, larger food forest. The food forest will require fencing to keep deer, bears and other wildlife out and to maintain automated irrigation systems.

The Kanaka Bar Indian Band has received $1 million for the project.

Rural development grants awarded in the North Coast economic region

City of Prince Rupert – CN Heritage Rail Station rehabilitation project

The City of Prince Rupert is working to redevelop its waterfront area around the CN Heritage Railway Station and Rotary Waterfront Park, with the historic station serving as a focal point.

The project will be a flagship for community renewal in a central waterfront location. Much of Prince Rupert’s waterfront is industrial, and the revitalized heritage rail space will improve the community’s limited access to the water.

The City of Prince Rupert has received $1 million for the project.

Rural development grants awarded in the Cariboo economic region

?Esdilagh First Nation – Class A abattoir planning

This project covers the planning portion of a multi-phase project for construction of an abattoir on ?Esdilagh East Side (Highway 97 south) to support the slaughter of up to 30 cattle per day and a greater number of smaller animals, including sheep and swine.

The planning work will involve hiring a consultant to develop the abattoir buisness plan and its design, explore food security and economic security, and conduct community engagement, including with local butchers and contruction companies familiar with Indigenous construction and design.

The ?Esdilagh First Nation has received $410,000 for the project.