Backgrounder:  Canada and British Columbia invest in local infrastructure to help build community connections in Northern B.C


Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest in local infrastructure to help build community connections in Northern B.C

The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $5.7 million to support nine infrastructure projects in Northern B.C. through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Canada is contributing over $5.1 million, and B.C. is contributing over $615,000.

Under the new 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


Smithers-Laidlaw Trail

Construct an approximate 3.5 km multi-use segment of the Telkwa-Smithers  pathway along the Highway 16 corridor to improve active transportation in the area.



Burns Lake

Burns Lake Arena HVAC System Repairs and Upgrades

Retrofit the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena HVAC and water systems to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.



Fort St. John

North Peace Arena 2021 Upgrades

Replace the roof, install new air handling units and rooftop exhaust fans, and replace interior lights with LED lights.



Gitsegukla Band

Gitsegukla Community Kitchen Retrofit

Construct a community kitchen to support meal programs and the teaching of traditional cooking.




Band Administration Building Renovation

Renovate the Band administration building to improve energy efficiency and address some health and safety considerations.



Lhtako Dene Nation

Multi-use Pathway and Street Lighting Network Development

Construct a 1.2 km multi-use pathway to safely connect the community’s main amenities, including public transit, the local community hall and playground.



Nisga’a Village of Gitlaxt'aamix

Skateen Drive Sidewalk Construction Project

Construct approximately 475 meters of sidewalks along the main road to increase pedestrian safety in the community.




Administration Building Exterior Upgrade

Retrofit an administration building to improve operational and energy efficiency.




Sportsplex Retrofits

Install a generator and heat-pump to enhance the heating, ventilation and air circulation of the Sportsplex.



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