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


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

Joint federal, provincial and applicant funding through the Investing in Canada Plan will support 21 infrastructure projects in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland communities.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $44.5 million 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 $19.2 million, and the applicants (municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profits) are contributing more than $22.3 million.

Of the $63.7 million in federal and provincial funding announced today, $19.4 million will be going to nine projects in Indigenous communities.

Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream project information


Project Name

Project Details




Bowen Island

Community Centre Project

Construction of a multi-use space for recreational and arts programming that includes a community living room, gallery lounge, multi-purpose room, community kitchen and coffee kiosk, performance arts space, fitness studio and municipal hall offices.




Bridge River Indian Band

Cultural Fish Trail Shelters

Construction of cultural fish trail shelters and seating for Indigenous fish harvesters and others who wish to participate in learning, storytelling and educational excursions.




Skowkale First Nation

Skowkale First Nation SAY Community Centre

Construction of a community and recreation building that includes a gymnasium, multi-purpose space, weight and fitness room, playground, sports field, entry atrium, cultural space, washrooms and other amenities.





North Delta Track Facility

Replacement of worn athletic track with a new rubberized track and turf field. This project also includes development of two multi-sport courts for racquet sports; upgrades to lighting, parking, bleachers and washrooms; and improvements to site access creating a safer, more enjoyable user experience.




Shxw'ow'hamel First Nation

Shxw'ow'hamel First Nation Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure

Construction of a spray park and playground as well as lighted soccer and slo-pitch fields.




North Vancouver

Grouse Mountain Regional Park  Trail and Amenity Improvements

Upgrades to three well-used trails including: expansion and improvement of plaza area on main trailhead, construction of three secondary trailheads, basic storage facility, and three rest/viewpoints on Grouse Grind Trail.





Valley Soccer Field and Amenity Building Project

Construction of a new grass soccer field with water well for irrigation, fencing and lighting, and an amenity building with washrooms, change rooms, storage, concession, and commercial kitchen space.




Seabird Island Indian Band

Cultural Education, Community Resource Center and Longhouse

Construction of a new cultural, educational, community resource center and longhouse, including an arts room, kitchen, carving room, open carving shed, accessible washrooms, pow wow grounds and round room.





Accessible Performance Space for Hackett Park

Construction of a multi-use outdoor amphitheatre and performance space in Hackett Park including a performance platform, change rooms, storage and roof structure, and pathways leading to the facility.




Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation

Spo7ez Cultural Centre and Community Society: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Facility Revitalization

Upgrades to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre including refurbishment of floors and exterior; upgrades to the sound and lighting system and surveillance equipment; and updates to all public-facing interpretive storyboard panels.




Stl'atl'imx First Nation

Southern Stl'atl'imx Health Centre Refurbishment Project

Replacement of two trailers with one new trailer to be used as the Southern Stl'atl'Imx Health Centre that supports four First Nations with medical, dental and counselling services. The project includes a lot pad upgrade, converting the new trailer into a health centre, and connecting the new trailer to existing water, septic and electrical services.




Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Coopers Green Hall Replacement

Construction of a new community hall which will include a large meeting and event space, washrooms, kitchen, storage area, lobby, decks and a mechanical room.





The Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House Redevelopment Project

Construction of a new building where the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of B.C. can continue to provide services to Vancouver's Indigenous and vulnerable populations of the Kensington Cedar Cottage community. This project includes spaces for childcare, supportive senior services, meetings, gatherings, administration offices, information technology and outdoor gardening as well as washrooms and a commercial kitchen.




West Vancouver

Ferry Building Restoration Project

Restoration of a 106-year-old ferry building that has served as a community public art gallery and centre for 30 years. The project includes relocating the building, seismic and envelope upgrades, new washrooms, exterior deck, stairs and ramps, installation of a side lift and addition of a basement.




Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream project information


Project Name

Project Details




Boston Bar North Bend

Station House, Community Rest-Stop and Museum

Restoration of a historic CN railway station house to create a community rest-stop and a museum to showcase the unique railway and cultural heritage including: interior renovations, facility upgrades to meet codes and standards, ramp access, parking and landscaping.





White Tower Storm Water Pond

Intercepting storm water and re-routing it into the Whitetower Park Storm Water ponds to increase capacity to manage and treat storm water. Works include environmental protection, flow diversion, construction of headwall, weir/orifice plate, installation of water-quality treatment system, installation of storm and sewer piping as well as manholes/catch basins.




Leq'á:mel First Nation

Leq'á:mel Cultural Centre

Construction of a longhouse and smokehouse to serve as a cultural centre and a place to provide education and outreach services on the Skweahm reserve. The facility will include a kitchen, bathrooms, carving shed, demonstration and canning building, smokehouse, drying racks, outdoor gathering space tool shed, and storage.




N'Quatqua First Nation

N'Quatqua Multi-use Facility

Construction of a multi-use facility to replace the existing building, which will include a community hall, kitchen, offices, fitness centre and cultural chamber to accommodate community gatherings and recreational activities.





Xwu'nekw Park Sea Dike at Mamquam Blind Channel

Construction of a 200-metre sea dyke at the Xwu'nekw Park at Mamquam Blind Channel to provide flood protection for businesses and homes located in downtown Squamish. The project will install sheet pile wall, concrete reinforcement, C-channel and anchors, as well as improvements to the foundation and site including walkway, topsoil, grading, hydroseeding, lighting, trees, and benches.





Jack Webster Bridge Replacement, SLRD Electoral Area "D"

Replacement of the Jack Webster Bridge with a new two-lane bridge over Culliton Creek, including road surface realignment, installation of signage, line painting, and demarcation of pedestrian and trail use component.




Yale First Nation

Recreation Centre

Construction of a multi-purpose building that includes a gymnasium, outdoor play area, washrooms, change rooms, youth worker space, community kitchen, fitness centre and meeting room.




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