Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest in infrastructure in the Interior to create jobs and strengthen communities


Joint federal, provincial and applicant funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will support 25 infrastructure projects in British Columbia’s Interior communities.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $22.6 million in these projects through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS). The Government of British Columbia is contributing over $15 million and the applicants (municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profits) are contributing more than $4 million.

Of the $37.6 million in federal and provincial funding announced today, $7 million will be going to three projects in Indigenous communities.

CCRIS project Information

Community Project Name Project Details Federal Funding Provincial Funding Applicant Funding


Community Centre Hot Tub Replacement

Construction of a 15-person fibreglass outdoor hot tub with therapy jets to replace the existing hot tub and will include a portable lift to assist patrons with mobility issues in and out of the tub.




Central Okanagan

Building Community Inclusiveness, Stewardship and Connectivity in Regional Park

Construction of three new multi-use trails and park amenities including washrooms, parking areas, signage, and guardrail fences within Black Mountain/sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park.





Wilson Park Footbridge Project

Design, construction and installation of a 25-metre footbridge with a 1.8-metre wide bridge deck to provide pedestrians with a safe and easy walking access to schools, healthcare facilities, shopping and recreational activities.




Okanagan Indian Band

Cultural Arbor Reconstruction Project

Reconstruction of a cultural arbor, a community gathering place for many years, includes a stage, washrooms, children's play area, walking path, bleachers, a public announcement sound system, landscaping and fencing.





Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance: Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail

Upgrades to the final two segments of a seven-segment multi-use trail including paving, painting a centre line and distance markings, building culverts, new fencing and signage.





Nakusp and Area Bike Society:

Mt. Abriel Recreation Site Phases 2.2

and 3

Construction of additional trails designed for cross-country mountain biking, hiking and trail running. These include approximately 22.1 km of non-motorized trails including a peak to beach trail, connectivity trails, intermediate and advanced trails, as well as parking, and staging and kiosk areas.





Nelson Cycling Club: Nelson and Area Trail Network Enhancement Project

Upgrade of bike skills park includes an upgrade to the existing facility, addition of beginners’ area and kids pump track, and expansion of the trails’ challenge levels.





Nelson Civic Theatre Society: Developing the Civic Theatre into a Cultural Media Arts Centre


Renovating the Nelson Civic Theatre into a cultural media arts centre to include three new theatres with new seating, updates to the lobby, a new elevator, new washrooms, box office and reception area.





Naramata Recreation Access and Enhancement Project

Improvements to Manitou Park in Naramata including accessible washrooms, a multi-use accessibility pathway, an Indigenous monument, landscape architecture and environmental planning.





RNIS project information

Community Project Name Project Details Federal Funding Provincial Funding Applicant Funding
Ashcroft No 1. Lift Station Replacement Replacement of the existing #1 lift station in Ashcroft will include the installation of a deep wet well, two submersible pumps, and relocation of an existing generator. $828,000 $552,000 $0
Cache Creek Debris Flow Management: Old Cariboo Road Improvements to Old Cariboo Road including regrading approximately 170 metres of road, installation of culverts, bank restoration and erosion protection management. $115,337 $76,891 $0
Central Kootenay Woodbury Village Water System Treatment Upgrade Project Updating the Woodbury Village Water System including construction of a new treatment building, replacement of UV and chlorination systems, installation of control systems, upgrades to booster station, reservoir control, integration of SCADA into regional district system, and relocation of water intake. $288,504 $192,336 $0
Central Kootenay Galena Trail Restoration Project Restoration of cable car crossing and replacement of wooden bridge/ boardwalk as well as related works.  $100,000 $80,000 $20,000
Central Kootenay RDCK East Shore Connectivity Project Improvements to broadband connectivity by installing fibre-optic infrastructure to the communities of Riondel, Boswell and Wynndel as part of the East Shore Connectivity Project. $469,200 $312,800 $0
Coldstream WI Hall Replacement Project Replacement of existing community hall and community kitchen with a larger, more accessible facility including a museum and gallery.  $1,162,425 $929,940 $232,485
Cranbrook Wastewater Lagoons and Influent Trunkmain Upgrade Project Upgrades to existing wastewater treatment lagoon system including replacement of piping between and underneath lagoon cells, repair and regrading of lagoon dyke slopes with armoring along Joseph Creek, as well as related civil, mechanical and electrical works. $4,110,326 $3,288,261 $822,066
East Kootenay Edgewater Connectivity Project Improvements to broadband connectivity by installing fibre-optic lines and connecting telecom equipment to connect town assets to the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation's regional fibre-optic network. $491,400 $327,600 $0
Grand Forks Water System Improvements Reconstruction and expansion of the eastside reservoir in Grand Forks including site preparation, installation of SCADA, controls, piping and overflow. $2,178,554 $1,452,370 $0
Lillooet New Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Plant for Lillooet REC Centre Installation of a new CO2 refrigeration system to replace the existing ammonia system in the Lillooet Recreation, Education and Cultural (REC) Centre including installation of hot water tank, circulation pump, electrical and control fixtures, pipes, fittings and connections. $720,000 $480,000 $0
Logan Lake Production Well 1 Replacement Replacement of Well 1 and construction of a new pump house will include drilling a new groundwater production well with well screening, wellhead works, tie-ins and pump installation, conversion of existing well to a monitoring well, mechanical and electrical works.  $585,000 $390,000 $0
Midway Community Centre Expansion and Energy Efficiency Retrofit Expansion of the Midway Community Centre by approximately 371 square metres including a commercial grade kitchen, an accessibility lift, and all related electrical, mechanical and plumbing works. $711,396 $474,264 $0
Okanagan-Similkameen  Willowbrook Water Treatment: Chlorine Contact System Installation of chlorine contact system components in the Willowbrook water system including all electrical work and instrumentation as well as installation of valves and fittings. $89,252 $59,501 $0
Sicamous Shuswap (Secwepemc) Healing Centre Construction of a wellness and healing centre for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people within the District of Sicamous focusing on mental health, addiction services and counselling services.  $3,554,359 $2,369,572 $0
Skeetchestn Indian Band Skeetchestn Learning Garden Centre Expansion of Skeetchestn Community School community garden and food production services including a new greenhouse, small animal pens and shelters, processing area, cold storage, washrooms and workshops. $489,658 $0 $163,220
Thompson-Nicola  Pritchard Community Water System Filtration Project Construction of a new water treatment facility for the community of Pritchard including water filtration plant with disinfection and chlorination, intake improvements, new treatment building, upgrades to existing facilities, treated water piping and equipment, and waste piping and equipment. $2,969,695 $1,979,796 $0
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