Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest in local infrastructure to help build community connections in the Vancouver Island Region


Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest in local infrastructure to help build community connections in the Vancouver Island Region

Funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support 21 infrastructure projects in the Vancouver Island Region. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $12 million in these projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Resilience stream. Canada is contributing over $10.3 million, and B.C. is contributing almost $1.7 million.

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


Evergreen Park Pedestrian Bridge

Install a bridge to provide a safe crossing over the Plested Creek, connecting the trail on either side of the creek.




Lakeshore Drive Pathway

Construct a 1.2-kilometer multi-use trail, which will connect to existing trails, and provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists around Sproat Lake.



Capital Regional District

Drake Road Trail Upgrade Project

Construct a pedestrian trail which can also be used in the winter.




Metchosin Road Upgrades

Construct a buffered bike lane and sidewalk along a section of Metchosin Road.




Comox Avenue Sidewalk and Bike Lanes

Construct bike lanes and sidewalks to increase public safety.




17th Street Bike Lanes

Construct bike lanes on 17th Street, creating an east-west connection within the city.



Cowichan Tribes First Nation

Indian Road Active Transportation Path

Construct a 3.4-kilometer sidewalk along Indian and Miller roads, ensuring a safe route for pedestrians and connecting the community to the downtown core of Duncan.



Cowichan Valley

Glenora Trails Head Park to Kinsol Trestle Trail Improvements

Restore and resurface a section of the old rail bed so that it can be used as a multi-use trail.



Gabriola Island Community Hall Association

Outdoor Community Gathering Space on Gabriola

Construct an outdoor, accessible multi-use facility, enabling the public to congregate safely for outdoor events according to COVID-19 protocols.



Galiano Island

Recycling Depot Infrastructure Upgrade to Improve COVID-19 Safety

Construct a building with retractable walls at the recycling depot, enabling the public to follow COVID-19 protocols when dropping off waste and recycling.



Klahoose First Nation

Air-source Heat Pump and Roof-top Solar Photovoltaic Retrofit

Install an electric air source heat pump and solar panels in the multi-use building to decrease electricity consumption and associated operating costs.



K’ómoks First Nation

Community Complex Upgrades and Food Security Storage Addition

Install a food security storage system, including dry storage, a walk-in fridge, and freezer space to store traditional food harvested by the community.



Kwakiutl First Nation

Administration and Gymnasium Rooftop Replacement and Solar PV Retrofit

Install a new rooftop, including solar panels, to prevent leaking and support the Nation’s clean energy goals.



Metchosin District

Community Wellness Infrastructure Project

Renovate a decommissioned elementary school, rendering it safe for community use according to COVID-19 protocols.



Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation

Community Centre / School Solar Project

Install solar panels and a battery system to provide emergency power to the community centre during outages.




Dunsmuir Community Park Phase 2 Improvements

Install playground equipment, a pathway, and a picnic area to encourage outdoor activity in the community.



Pauquachin First Nation

Pauquachin Ardmore Kitchen and Servery Renovation

Renovate the kitchen and serving area to help equip the community with the means to ensure food security.



Pender Islands

Pender Islands Health Centre HVAC and Generator Replacement

Install a generator and upgrade the centre's HVAC system.



Powell River

Improving Air Quality of a Curling Rink

Install proper insulation and de-humidifier to increase air quality and minimize spread of COVID-19.




Otter Point Corridor Active Transportation Project - Sidewalks & Bike Lanes

Construct approximately 430 meters of sidewalks and 720 meters of bike lanes as well as crosswalks to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists.




Victoria Conservatory of Music - Creating Healthy Spaces & Increasing Online Capabilities

Install no-touch fixtures and air purifiers as well as livestream and recording equipment at the Victoria Conservatory of Music building.



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