The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced joint funding of over $87 million for 26 new infrastructure projects in 26 communities throughout the province.
These investments cover a wide range of community infrastructure projects including green energy systems, solid waste management, drinking water, wastewater management, highways, roads, bridges, disaster mitigation, regional airport improvements and broadband access. For example, in Pitt Meadows funding will go towards replacing the aging Pitt Polder pump station with a new, more efficient system. This new system will help ensure that the city is better prepared to manage and mitigate potential flood situations.
“When public infrastructure in many of our smaller communities is in need of repair or upgrade, the high costs associated are often difficult for a community alone to bear,” said Todd Stone, B.C.’s minister of transportation and infrastructure. “However, when senior levels of government act together, we can facilitate these important infrastructure improvements and build stronger communities throughout B.C.”
The Government of Canada will provide up to $43,522,512 of the total eligible cost of $149,300,564 towards these 26 projects. The Government of British Columbia will also contribute $43,522,512. Local governments will provide the remaining funds to cover their respective project costs.
The Small Communities Fund allocation for British Columbia is $108,989,744.