Vancouver Island and Coast communities receive over $2.6 million to revitalize public spaces and enhance tourism experiences
The Government of Canada is making investments across British Columbia to refresh community spaces, attract new visitors, and stimulate local economies
September 21, 2023 – Comox, British Columbia – PacifiCan
Safe and inclusive public spaces and dynamic tourism attractions are key to vibrant communities. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses and boosting economic vitality.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2.6 million in PacifiCan funding for 16 projects across Vancouver Island and the Coast. This includes $750,000 for one project funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and over $1.9 million for 15 projects funded through the Tourism Relief Fund.
The K’όmoks First Nation is receiving $750,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization fund to help build a community park and gathering space in Comox, B.C. New amenities will include a playground, gazebo, washroom, and outdoor kitchen. This will be the first outdoor gathering space for the K’όmoks First Nation.
Upgrading existing infrastructure and building new public assets means British Columbians and visitors have better access to recreational programs and facilities. The 16 projects announced today are growing economic opportunities, creating jobs, and improving community wellness. Communities benefiting from today’s announcement include: Victoria, Sooke, Port Alberni, Gibsons, Tofino, Kyuquot, Egmont, Courtenay, Powell River, Heriot Bay, Ucluelet, Nanaimo and Bowen Island.
For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder here.
This announcement builds on the opening of PacifiCan offices in Victoria and Campbell River in November 2022 to help support economic development on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Central Coast and Sunshine Coast. With PacifiCan officers living and providing service locally, PacifiCan will be more accessible to all communities in the region.
“From unique outdoor adventure and cultural experiences to breathtaking parks, lakes and heritage sites, Vancouver Island and the Coast of B.C. is a world-class place to visit or call home. Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting economic development across British Columbia. Investing in shared public spaces and tourism experiences will bring communities together and ensure that the island and coastal regions thrive well into the future.”
- The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
PacifiCan is the federal economic development agency dedicated to British Columbia. Our vision is to propel B.C. forward and create enduring prosperity for British Columbians.
PacifiCan works with partners who are building innovative businesses, creating quality jobs, and supporting inclusive growth throughout British Columbia.
In November 2022, PacifiCan opened new offices in Victoria, Campbell River, Kelowna, Cranbrook, Prince George, Prince Rupert, and Fort St John, serving businesses and communities across the province.
The Canada Community Revitalization Fund provides $500 million over two years to help communities build and improve infrastructure, making public spaces safer, greener, and more accessible.
The Tourism Relief Fund provides $500 million over two years to help tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health requirements, while investing in products and services to facilitate future growth.
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