Backgrounder:  Canada and British Columbia invest in local infrastructure to help build community connections in the Okanagan-Kootenay Region


Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest in local infrastructure to help build community connections in the Okanagan-Kootenay Region

Funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support 27 infrastructure projects in the Okanagan-Kootenay Region. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $24.5 million in these projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. Canada is contributing over $20.8 million, while B.C. is contributing almost $3.7 million. Federal and provincial funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements related to consultation with Indigenous groups.

Under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is up to 80%, with the Province adding 20% to achieve 100% funding. The federal government is providing up to 100% funding in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.

Project Information


Project Name

Project Details

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding


Library and Airport Roof Replacements

Replace the roofs on the library and airport terminal buildings.




Community Hall Roof Replacement Project

Upgrades to the community hall structure including roof replacement and reconstruction of walkways and deck.




Active Transportation Network for Safe Connectivity

Realign and complete existing sections of roadway and multi-use pathways to separate motorized and non-motorized transportation.




City Hall Renovations and Upgrades

Construct offices and a common area, removing hazardous materials and increasing functionality for both staff and the public, as well as other related works.




Downtown Elkford Active Transportation

Add a sidewalk and a multi-use pathway to connect the downtown core to the residential area.



Ktunaxa Nation Council Society

Ktunaxa Regional Health Centre

Renovate the health centre to accommodate operational needs in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.



North Okanagan

Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail: Enderby-Splatsin Section

Complete 1.7 km of the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail to improve the active transportation connection between Spatsin and Enderby.



Splatsin Indian Band

“Protecting Mother Earth” - Splatsin Community Building Decontamination Pod

Install solar panels and a decontamination pod to support sanitization of healthcare workers’ personal protective equipment.




Fernie Valley Pathway - Segment 1B

Create a 1.7 km section on the Fernie Valley Pathway separating users from vehicles and connecting the city to the Fernie Alpine Resort.


$ 323,805


Pollution Control Centre Headworks Upgrades

Upgrade the wastewater treatment system to improve its efficiency and protect downstream equipment.


$ 151,400


8th Avenue S Multi-Use Path

Create a multi-use path to connect recreational trails with other accessible roads in Golden.


$ 62,300


North-South Kamloops Bicycle Corridor

Complete the north-south bike lane corridor, including connections to local parks and the hospital.


$ 800,000


Kaslo & District Arena Upgrades

Update the aging fire prevention system and ice plant condensers, as well as upgrade the electrical wiring to accommodate a transformer replacement.


$ 44,931


Rutland to Okanagan Rail Trail Shared Pathway

Create a safe multi-use pathway for cyclists and pedestrians from the Okanagan Rail Trail to the Houghton Active Transportation Corridor.


$ 487,629

Lake Country

Bottom Wood Lake Road Improvements (Nexus to Beaver Lake Road)

Complete the north-south pathway corridor to connect the Okanagan Indian Band lands to the Okanagan Rail Trail.




"Montrose on the Move" - Installation of Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Install outdoor fitness equipment in 5 locations to create an approximately 2-km outdoor circuit suitable for all ages.



New Denver

Community Core Pedestrian Connections

Complete sidewalk upgrades and construct a covered staircase, creating a safe connection between two sections of the village.



Larch Hills Nordic Society

Trail Lighting Project

Install lighting along approximately 1.64 km of cross-country ski trails to extend operational hours.



Upper Similkameen Indian Band

Chuchuwayha Hall

Renovate and revitalize the Chuchuwayha Community Hall, including accessibility, mechanical, electrical, and structural updates to accommodate cultural events and ceremonies.




Lion's Park Public Washroom Building Upgrades

Expand and upgrade the public washrooms, including installing shower stalls and improving accessibility.



Osoyoos Indian Band

Inkameep Preschool Day Care (aka Sen’Pok”Chin Daycare Facility)

Renovate the daycare, including replacing the roof and installing an air purification unit.




Regional District of Okanagan -Similkameen Building Enhancements

Renovate administration offices and boardrooms and improve technology and HVAC system to increase safety and enhance air quality.




Lakeshore Drive Improvements

Mitigate erosion of the lakeshore by reconstructing the stone (riprap) embankment at Lakeshore Drive.



Sun Peaks Health Association

Sun Peaks Community Health Centre Patient Safety and Transfer Improvement Project

Renovate the ambulance bay and triage area to meet COVID-19 protocols and create a community learning centre.



Tk'emlups First Nations

Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network

Complete bikeways and implement measures to reduce traffic speeds and encourage safe outdoor activity. The project will also connect to public transit, making it easier for people to move between the community and Kamloops.




Beaver Bend Park and Trail Reconstruction

Complete work to improve drainage and address erosion problems to reopen the Beaver Bend Park trail.



West Kelowna

Shannon Lake Active Transportation Corridor: Phase 2B (Segment 7)

Construct a safe, continuous pathway from residential areas to the downtown core.



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