B.C. receives $20M for green infrastructure projects
More than $20 million in joint federal-provincial funding will go towards eight social, transportation, and green infrastructure projects.
Boats sit in the water on Salt Spring Island, B.C. – Province of B.C.
The funding will help groups like the Heiltsuk First Nation from Bella Bella. The Nation will use the funds for an essential road infrastructure project designed to increase access to the community by linking Bella Bella to the airport.
The project includes converting the existing road into a dedicated pedestrian and bike path and constructing 2 km of new road.
The Stswecem’c Xget’tem First Nation also received funding. The plan to gain greater food build two green houses, two walk-in freezers and a canning shed, which will support the community garden and sustainability program. Officials say these developments will help safeguard against the impact on food production caused by environmental threats.
In the Strathcona Regional District funds will be used to give residents better and safer access to Read Island through the reconstruction of a dock, boardwalk and community building.
Other communities across the province, including Cumberland, Salt Spring Island, Spallumcheen, and Sparwood will benefit from new or upgraded wastewater treatment facilities and drinking water systems, including the rehabilitation of an aging dam, construction of a new well and reservoir, and upgrades to sewage treatment facilities.