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Canada invests in active transportation planning projects for Indigenous communities in British Columbia

May 17, 2023 at 7:05 pm  Federal, Politics

Village of Chase, British Columbia, May 16, 2023 — Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced a federal investment of $198,946 to support four active transportation planning projects for Indigenous communities in British Columbia.

In the Village of Chase and the City of Salmon Arm, funding will enable the completion of three projects which will advance the West Bay Connector Trail plan. The active transportation planning projects will help carry out archeological, and environmental assessments, as well as conduct a site survey, terrain mapping, engineering design, and other design elements. The plan is a joint initiative between Adams Lake Indian Band, Neskonlith Band, Little Shuswap Lake Band, and the City of Salmon Arm to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, better connect local Indigenous communities and city residents to the Shuswap trail system, and protect sensitive environmental and cultural sites in the area.

The federal investment will also support the creation of an Active Transportation Plan for Bonaparte First Nation to address safety concerns, improve connectivity, and reduce reliance on vehicular transportation.

Funding announced today contributes to Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy by supporting activities that will help expand networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, building resilient communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.

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