Communities across Northern BC receive funding to renovate public spaces and make tourism more accessible

June 2, 2022 at 6:25 pm  Federal, Politics

Government of Canada investing across British Columbia to revitalize community spaces, grow vibrant communities, and attract new visitors

June 2, 2022 – Prince George, BC – Pacific Economic Development Canada

Safe and inclusive public spaces and tourism attractions are crucial to building vibrant communities. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses and stimulating local economies. In Northern BC as in so many places across Canada, communities are ready to welcome back residents and visitors alike to more accessible tourism experiences and enhanced public spaces.

Upgrading existing community infrastructure and building new public assets will help Canadian cities and towns provide better access to recreational programs and facilities while boosting their 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 total investments of over $1.8 million through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for five projects in Northern BC. Public spaces in Prince George, Burns Lake, Houston, and McBride will be upgraded to better serve the community for years to come.

Minister Sajjan also announced $150,500 through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) to support the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association with attracting new visitors by facilitating tourism experiences that are more accessible to people with mobility, sensory, and neuro-diverse disabilities.

For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder.

The CCRF and TRF were both launched in the summer of 2021. The CCRF provides $500 million over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces.

The TRF provides $500 million over two years to RDAs and Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to support tourism businesses and organizations with adapting their operations to meet public health requirements, while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. 

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