The governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to invest in infrastructure during this extraordinary time to meet the needs of communities across the province, enhance quality of life, and address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced funding for 27 local infrastructure projects in the Okanagan-Kootenay Region. They were accompanied by Roly Russell, British Columbia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and Member of Legislative Assembly for Boundary-Similkameen, Mike Allison, Councillor of the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Her Worship Suzan Hewat, Mayor of Kaslo, and Sadie Hunter, Kamloops City Councillor.
Among the projects approved today, the Upper Similkameen Indian Band will restore the Chuchuwayha Community Hall and increase indoor space to facilitate gatherings for cultural events and traditions. This hall will also include an area for food preparation and for youth to socially gather in a safe and welcoming space.
The City of Kamloops will offer residents and visitors an additional active transportation route by completing its north-south cycling and multi-use pathways, connecting to parks and the hospital. Also included in this project are new crosswalks, bus shelters, and stormwater catch basins as well as modifications to traffic signals to accommodate the pathways.
At the Kaslo and District Arena, the aging fire prevention system will be upgraded as will the electrical wiring to accommodate a new Fortis transformer, and the ice plant condensers will also be replaced. The Arena is the only ice arena serving the Village of Kaslo and immediate surroundings and is also a designated Emergency Reception Centre during forest fire and mudslide seasons, and extended power outages.
The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $24.5 million in the 27 projects announced today through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. Canada is contributing over $20.8 million, and B.C. is contributing almost $3.7 million. Federal and provincial funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements related to consultation with Indigenous groups.
“Today’s announcement of over $20.8 million from the federal government to upgrade key local infrastructure in municipalities and Indigenous communities across the Okanagan-Kootenay Region will help support local economies at a time when it is needed most. Among other benefits, these projects will upgrade community buildings as well as create cycling and multi-purpose pathways, which will enhance community connections and offer residents and visitors more options to commute and stay active.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Together with B.C., we are investing in local infrastructure such as the Elkford Active Transportation project that will provide additional, safe recreational spaces for everyone’s enjoyment in the Okanagan-Kootenay region. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates good jobs across Canada, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“By investing in welcoming, healthy and connected communities, we are working to make people’s lives better as we emerge from the pandemic. These infrastructure projects we’re launching with our local and federal partners will bring a multitude of benefits to communities and people in the Okanagan and Kootenay regions, creating jobs, improving community services and helping everyone move through restart toward a strong recovery from the pandemic.”
The Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs
“People across British Columbia have done a lot to keep one another safe through the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are now in a position to get to work on our recovery and build back even better. Communities can start that recovery with important infrastructure projects like the USIB’s Chuchwayha Community Hall. These projects will provide local jobs and begin the renewal that we’re all excited to see.”
Roly Russell, British Columbia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and Member of Legislative Assembly for Boundary-Similkameen
“This is not just another infrastructure project. For us, the Chuchuwayha Hall restoration is about bringing our community together under one roof, creating a space for our Elders to prepare food, and providing a safe place for our youth to gather socially. Chuchuwayha is a place where we will welcome our neighbours and share our culture. We are very grateful for the CVRIS grant opportunity.”
Chief & Council, Upper Similkameen Indian Band
“The Kaslo and District Arena was built in 1975 by volunteers and has been run by a volunteer board ever since. We would not have such a wonderful facility in our little village without the efforts of these dedicated people and the support of our community. The Village of Kaslo is proud of them and so happy that we can contribute to this major capital upgrade thanks to this CVRIS grant opportunity. Our arena is the hub for winter activities, events, and tournaments. Over the years the facility has seen hockey players young and old participate as well as having had a very active figure skating group. We look forward to this renewal and to welcoming everyone back to the arena this winter knowing it will safely continue to serve the Kaslo area for years to come.”
Suzan Hewat, Mayor of Kaslo
“The COVID-19 pandemic has really emphasized how important access to outdoor spaces really is. Building an accessible bike network connecting multi-use pathways to neighbourhoods will enable a safer means for our residents and visitors to get outdoors, be active, and get around our city. We’re grateful for the CVRIS grant for helping bring this project to fruition much sooner than would have been otherwise possible.”
Sadie Hunter, Councillor, City of Kamloops
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Across B.C., the Government of Canada has invested more than $4.4 billion in over 580 infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
- The Province is investing $3.6 billion over a 10-year period under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for British Columbia’s infrastructure initiatives.
- To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
- Under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is up to 80%, with the Province adding 20% to achieve 100% funding. The federal government is providing up to 100% funding in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.
Canada and British Columbia invest in local infrastructure to help build community connections in the Okanagan-Kootenay Region.
Funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support 27 infrastructure projects in the Okanagan-Kootenay Region. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $24.5 million in these projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. Canada is contributing over $20.8 million, while B.C. is contributing almost $3.7 million. Federal and provincial funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements related to consultation with Indigenous groups.
Under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is up to 80%, with the Province adding 20% to achieve 100% funding. The federal government is providing up to 100% funding in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.
Project Name: Library and Airport Roof Replacements
Project Details: Replace the roofs on the library and airport terminal buildings.
Project Name: Community Hall Roof Replacement Project
Project Details: Upgrades to the community hall structure including roof replacement and reconstruction of walkways and deck.
Federal Funding: $200,000
Provincial Funding: $50,000
Project Name: Active Transportation Network for Safe Connectivity
Project Details: Realign and complete existing sections of roadway and multi-use pathways to separate motorized and non-motorized transportation.
Federal Funding: $1,085,388
Provincial Funding: $271,347
Project Name: City Hall Renovations and Upgrades
Project Details: Construct offices and a common area, removing hazardous materials and increasing functionality for both staff and the public, as well as other related works.
Federal Funding: $1,209,373
Provincial Funding: $302,343
Project Name: Downtown Elkford Active Transportation
Project Details: Add a sidewalk and a multi-use pathway to connect the downtown core to the residential area.
Federal Funding: $480,000
Provincial Funding: $120,000
Community: Ktunaxa Nation Council Society
Project Name: Ktunaxa Regional Health Centre
Project Details: Renovate the health centre to accommodate operational needs in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.
Federal Funding: $2,577,630
Provincial Funding: $0
Community: North Okanagan
Project Name: Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail: Enderby-Splatsin Section
Project Details: Complete 1.7 km of the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail to improve the active transportation connection between Spatsin and Enderby.
Federal Funding: $367,249
Provincial Funding: $91,812
Community: Splatsin Indian Band
Project Name: “Protecting Mother Earth” - Splatsin Community Building Decontamination Pod
Project Details: Install solar panels and a decontamination pod to support sanitization of healthcare workers’ personal protective equipment.
Federal Funding: $1,476,497
Provincial Funding: $0
Project Name: Fernie Valley Pathway - Segment 1B
Project Details: Create a 1.7 km section on the Fernie Valley Pathway separating users from vehicles and connecting the city to the Fernie Alpine Resort.
Federal Funding: $1,295,222
Provincial Funding: $323,805
Project Name: Pollution Control Centre Headworks Upgrades
Project Details: Upgrade the wastewater treatment system to improve its efficiency and protect downstream equipment.
Federal Funding: $605,600
Provincial Funding: $151,400
Project Name: 8th Avenue S Multi-Use Path
Project Details: Create a multi-use path to connect recreational trails with other accessible roads in Golden.
Federal Funding: $249,200
Provincial Funding: $62,300
Project Name: North-South Kamloops Bicycle Corridor
Project Details: Complete the north-south bike lane corridor, including connections to local parks and the hospital.
Federal Funding: $3,200,000
Provincial Funding: $800,000
Project Name: Kaslo & District Arena Upgrades
Project Details: Update the aging fire prevention system and ice plant condensers, as well as upgrade the electrical wiring to accommodate a transformer replacement.
Federal Funding: $179,722
Provincial Funding: $44,931
Project Name: Rutland to Okanagan Rail Trail Shared Pathway
Project Details: Create a safe multi-use pathway for cyclists and pedestrians from the Okanagan Rail Trail to the Houghton Active Transportation Corridor.
Provincial Funding: $487,629
Community: Lake Country
Project Name: Bottom Wood Lake Road Improvements (Nexus to Beaver Lake Road)
Project Details: Complete the north-south pathway corridor to connect the Okanagan Indian Band lands to the Okanagan Rail Trail.
Federal Funding: $529,247
Provincial Funding: $132,312
Project Name: "Montrose on the Move" - Installation of Outdoor Fitness Equipment
Project Details: Install outdoor fitness equipment in 5 locations to create an approximately 2-km outdoor circuit suitable for all ages.
Federal Funding: $120,000
Provincial Funding: $30,000
Community: New Denver
Project Name: Community Core Pedestrian Connections
Project Details: Complete sidewalk upgrades and construct a covered staircase, creating a safe connection between two sections of the village.
Federal Funding: $397,600
Provincial Funding: $99,400
Community: Larch Hills Nordic Society
Project Name: Trail Lighting Project
Project Details: Install lighting along approximately 1.64 km of cross-country ski trails to extend operational hours.
Federal Funding: $144,348
Provincial Funding: $36,087
Community: Upper Similkameen Indian Band
Project Name: Chuchuwayha Hall
Project Details: Renovate and revitalize the Chuchuwayha Community Hall, including accessibility, mechanical, electrical, and structural updates to accommodate cultural events and ceremonies.
Federal Funding: $1,504,670
Provincial Funding: $0
Project Name: Lion's Park Public Washroom Building Upgrades
Project Details: Expand and upgrade the public washrooms, including installing shower stalls and improving accessibility.
Federal Funding: $175,800
Provincial Funding: $43,950
Community: Osoyoos Indian Band
Project Name: Inkameep Preschool Day Care (aka Sen’Pok”Chin Daycare Facility)
Project Details: Renovate the daycare, including replacing the roof and installing an air purification unit.
Federal Funding: Federal Funding: $177,138
Provincial Funding: $0
Project Name: Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Building Enhancements
Project Details: Renovate administration offices and boardrooms and improve technology and HVAC system to increase safety and enhance air quality.
Federal Funding: $374,122
Provincial Funding: $93,530
Project Name: Lakeshore Drive Improvements
Project Details: Mitigate erosion of the lakeshore by reconstructing the stone (riprap) embankment at Lakeshore Drive.
Federal Funding: $376,168
Provincial Funding: $94,042
Community: Sun Peaks Health Association
Project Name: Sun Peaks Community Health Centre Patient Safety and Transfer Improvement Project
Project Details: Renovate the ambulance bay and triage area to meet COVID-19 protocols and create a community learning centre.
Federal Funding: $653,598
Provincial Funding: $163,400
Community: Tk'emlups First Nations
Project Name: Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network
Project Details: Complete bikeways and implement measures to reduce traffic speeds and encourage safe outdoor activity. The project will also connect to public transit, making it easier for people to move between the community and Kamloops.
Federal Funding: $299,933
Provincial Funding: $0
Project Name: Beaver Bend Park and Trail Reconstruction
Complete work to improve drainage and address erosion problems to reopen the Beaver Bend Park trail.
Federal Funding: $142,736
Provincial Funding: $35,684
Community: West Kelowna
Project Name: Shannon Lake Active Transportation Corridor: Phase 2B (Segment 7)
Project Details: Construct a safe, continuous pathway from residential areas to the downtown core.
Federal Funding: $778,488
Provincial Funding: $194,622
Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/covid-19-resilience-eng.html
Investing in Canada: B.C.’s COVID 19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream: www.gov.bc.ca/Investing-in-Canada-Infrastructure-Program
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/prog-proj-bc-eng.html