Backgrounder: Vancouver organizations receive over $2.4 million to revitalize local public spaces and enhance tourism experiences
Today, Taleeb Noormohamed, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2.4 million in PacifiCan funding for nine projects in Vancouver. This includes over $1.7 million for five projects through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and $709,998 for four projects through the Tourism Relief Fund.
The projects announced today include:
Canada Community Revitalization Fund
City of Vancouver
Funding will upgrade temporary plazas and parklets into long-term community hubs across Vancouver. The upgrades will include accessibility upgrades, seating and landscaping.
City of Vancouver
Funding was used to create an accessible walking and cycling route with added green space and green rainwater infrastructure. This space will help create a vibrant place for people to gather in Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, driving more foot traffic to local businesses.
Musqueam Indian Band
Funding will replace two Musqueam community playgrounds, including purchasing new equipment, making accessibility upgrades, and installing synthetic grass.
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Funding will revitalize an outdoor area of the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver by replacing pavement and improving accessibility and lighting. The space will be used for parking, pop-up markets, festivals and cultural events.
Vancouver City Hall Community Garden Society
Funding will renovate the community garden at the Vancouver City Hall, including upgrading the garden plots and improving accessibility in this community space.
Tourism Relief Fund
Create Vancouver Society
Funding will help establish Vancouver Mural Festival Winter Arts, which presents art installations and free cultural and music events. The Festival will draw visitors to retail districts across the city, boosting revenues and supporting local employment during the off-season.
R.E.M Event Management Inc.
Funding will allow R.E.M Event Management Inc. to purchase e-bikes and market cycling tours from the Lower Mainland to the Gulf Islands.
TOIT Events Inc.
Funding helped rebuild and expand the GranFondo Whistler cycling event along the Sea-to-Sky corridor, drawing thousands of visitors to the area during the shoulder tourism season.
Windsure Windsurfing Ltd.
Funding will help Windsure Windsurfing Ltd. scale-up its operations on Jericho Beach to meet growing demand for windsurfing, paddle boarding and skim boarding tours and rentals.
Office of the Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
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