Community projects on the Sunshine Coast receive over $761,000 in federal support to enhance infrastructure and improve accessibility 

July 22, 2022 at 4:30 pm  Federal, Politics

Government of Canada investing across British Columbia to revitalize public spaces and grow vibrant communities

Friday, July 22 – Sechelt and Roberts Creek, 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. In Roberts Creek and Sechelt, like so many places across British Columbia, the communities are ready to welcome back residents and visitors to refreshed outdoor public spaces.

The Government of Canada recognizes that many well-loved spaces laid dormant while Canadians took precautions to stay safe. 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, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of 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 $761,300 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Village of Sechelt and the One Straw Society.

In the heart of downtown Sechelt, $717,000 will help upgrade Inlet Avenue, the main street and transportation corridor. Project activities include adding a new road and sidewalk, improving lighting for nighttime visibility, adding parking, building amenities, and upgrading electrical infrastructure. The project has been designed to improve accessibility and will include tactile landing pads for people with visual handicaps. In addition to creating jobs for the local community, these infrastructure upgrades are expected to benefit surrounding businesses and the town as a whole.

In Roberts Creek, $44,300 will allow the One Straw Society to redesign and expand the One Tiny Farm community garden. Project activities include creating accessible pathways and gathering space, adding new signage, lighting, solar power, and building a barn shed and entrance gates. Revitalizing the garden will help attract hundreds of residents and visitors per week, and provide opportunities for local artists, businesses and farmers to host community events. The garden will also serve as an educational experience, raising public awareness of organic food systems and sustainable methods of food production.

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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