City of Port Alberni receives funding to transform the Harbour Quay Clock Tower into the Wolf Tower

June 21, 2022 at 11:33 am  Federal, Politics

Government of Canada investment will help Port Alberni revitalize its public spaces and enhance local Indigenous tourism

Tuesday, June 21 – Port Alberni, 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. Port Alberni, like so many places throughout British Columbia, is ready to welcome back residents and visitors to its vibrant city.

Upgrading exisiting infrastructure and building new public assets will help local governments and First Nations provide better access to recreational programs and facilities, strengthen community engagement, and boost economic vitality.

Today, in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, 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 $379,353 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the City of Port Alberni.

This funding allowed the City of Port Alberni, in partnership with the Tseshaht First Nation and Island Coastal Economic Trust, to transform the aging Harbour Quay Clock Tower into the Wolf Tower. Project activities included refurbishing the tower to improve safety, replacing the clocks with Indigenous art, painting the tower in traditional Tseshaht First Nation colours, and installing Indigenous storyboards.

This inspirational project, being unveiled today, is an important part of the City of Port Alberni’s commitment to reconciliation and will enhance local Indigenous tourism in the Alberni Valley.

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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