The Kanaka Bar Indian Band and Crossing Place Housing Society receive funding to construct new multipurpose community building in Kanaka Bar

May 27, 2022 at 10:20 am  Federal, Politics

Government of Canada investment will help communities in Lytton and the surrounding areas build back from last year’s devastating wildfires

Friday, May 27 – Lytton, B.C. – Pacific Economic Development Canada

Shared public spaces are the heart of communities across Canada. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses, and stimulating local economies. As Lytton works to revitalize its communities following the tragic 2021 wildfires, these public spaces have never been more important.

Upgrading exisiting infrastructure and building new public assets will be a key step in the restoration process, by strengthening community engagement and boosting economic vitality.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced an investment of $471,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Crossing Place Housing Society. The Crossing Place Housing Society is a non-profit housing operator created by the Kanaka Bar Indian Band.

This funding will allow the Housing Society to construct a new multipurpose building in Kanaka Bar, complete with community kitchen and garden, shared laundry facilities, and meeting rooms.

Project activities will include completing sitework, building the modular structure, and creating an emergency backup power system. The new building will provide an essential gathering area for residents of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band and several neighbouring Indigenous communities – a place to host family and cultural events, in addition to serving as an regional emergency evacuation centre.

The CCRF was launched in June 2021. It is providing $500 million over two years for Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in projects that build and improve community infrastructure. The Government of Canada is committed to rejuvenating public spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

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