Tsal’alh receives funding to construct a community gazebo in Shalalth

News release

Government of Canada investing across British Columbia to revitalize community spaces and grow vibrant communities

September 21, 2022 – Shalalth, B.C. – Pacific Economic Development Canada

Public spaces are the heart of communities across Canada. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses and stimulating local economies. In Shalalth, like many places across Canada, the community is ready to welcome back residents and visitors alike to enhanced community facilities and public spaces.

The Government of Canada recognizes that many well-loved spaces laid dormant while Canadians have taken precautions to stay safe. Upgrading existing community infrastructure and building new public assets will help Canadian cities and towns provide better access to recreational programs and facilities while boosting their economic vitality.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced an investment of $48,500 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Tsal’alh.

This support has helped the Tsal’alh construct a community gazebo, which has provided a much-needed gathering place for the community, including during the winter months. The gazebo has created space for members to partake in cultural teachings, drumming circles, and school gatherings year-round.

The Canada Community Revitalization Fund was launched in June 2021. The Fund provides $500 million over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. As public health restrictions ease, the Government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This in turn will stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Quotes

“By investing in shared public spaces like Tsal’alh’s community gazebo, the Government of Canada is helping British Columbians reconnect with their neighbours, welcome back visitors, and build strong communities for the future.”
- The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

“We in Tsal'alh value this funding from PacifiCan for our community gazebo. We plan for this gathering place to be used for many generations as an integral part of our community."
- Clifford Casper, Tsal’alh Councillor

Quick facts

  • CCRF funding supports two major streams of activity:

    • adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public-health guidelines,
    • build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage in and explore their communities and regions. 
  • Eligible recipients include:

    • not-for-profit organizations;
    • rural, municipal or regional governments;
    • Indigenous groups and communities; and
    • public sector bodies that provide municipal-type infrastructure. 
  • Priority may be given to projects that encourage the participation of underrepresented groups and take into consideration the unique challenges of rural and remote communities.

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Contacts

Haley Hodgson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic Development
haley.hodgson@international.gc.ca

Jillian Glover
Communications Manager
Pacific Economic Development Canada
jillian.glover@pacifican.gc.ca

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