People in the Sunshine Coast to benefit from new community infrastructure

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SECHELT – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says that people in the Sunshine Coast will benefit from improved infrastructure and new community gathering spaces, thanks to a new joint provincial-federal investment of over $3.1 million in three local projects.

“These investments will create new spaces and opportunities for people in the Sunshine Coast to of all ages and walks of life to come together and hold events when the time is right—a time we’re all looking forward to,” said Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “These upgrades and new facilities will help build community and benefit people in our region long into the future.”

Grants going to the Sunshine Coast include:

  • Sunshine Coast Regional District: Coopers Green Hall Replacement ($2,013,64)
    • Construction of a new community hall, which will provide a larger space to accommodate a range of types and sizes of community events.
  • Sechelt: Accessible Performance Space for Hackett Park ($185,524)
    • The project will construct a multi-use outdoor amphitheater, which may be utilized as an exercise space and outdoor classroom in addition to a performance space.
  • Gibsons: White Tower Stormwater Pond ($955,000)
    • The project will intercept and re-route stormwater into the White Tower Stormwater Pond, improving water quality entering Charman Creek, and providing better flood protection for downstream properties.

This local funding is part of over $228 million in grants going to B.C. communities through the first intake of Community, Culture and Recreation and Rural & Northern Communities streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a provincial-federal cost-sharing program that makes investments in community and green infrastructure. The Province of B.C. has committed nearly $62 million of the total funding for this intake.

The second intake for both streams was announced on June 25, with nearly $160 million in combined funding available for projects.

Investments made through ICIP are designed to create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities, and support a low-carbon, green economy.

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