The federal and provincial governments announced $5.7 million in funding for for nine infrastructure projects in northern B.C. on Tuesday (Aug. 3).
According to Ken Hardie, the MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, the funding comes from the COVID-19 resilience infrastructure stream. The stream has the federal government covering 80 per cent of projects or up to 100 per cent for projects in the territories or in Indigenous communities.
The feds will provide $5.1 million while the province will contribute $615,000.
Among the projects announced, Hardie said that the Gitsegukla First Nation, located 30 minutes west of New Hazelton, will retrofit their community hall.
“This will support food delivery programs to the elementary school students and staff, facilitate the teaching of traditional cooking, and supply backup power in the event of power outages to keep freezers running and the food safe,” Hardie said.
Another project will involve the Nisga’a village of Gitlaxt’aamiks, about 100 kilometres north of Terrace. Hardie said the village will get 475 metres of concrete sidewalk.
“This would be along the main road in the village. And what it’ll do is provide safe passage for pedestrians walking between the municipal building and the local school,” he said.
The full details of all the projects are:
Bulkley-Nechako – Smithers-Laidlaw Trail
Construct an approximate 3.5 km multi-use segment of the Telkwa-Smithers pathway along the Highway 16 corridor to improve active transportation in the area.
Burns Lake – Burns Lake Arena HVAC System Repairs and Upgrades
Retrofit the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena HVAC and water systems to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.
Fort St. John – North Peace Arena 2021 Upgrades
Replace the roof, install new air handling units and rooftop exhaust fans, and replace interior lights with LED lights.
Gitsegukla Band – Gitsegukla Community Kitchen Retrofit
Construct a community kitchen to support meal programs and the teaching of traditional cooking.
Iskut – Band Administration Building Renovation
Renovate the Band administration building to improve energy efficiency and address some health and safety considerations.
Lhtako Dene Nation – Multi-use Pathway and Street Lighting Network Development
Construct a 1.2 km multi-use pathway to safely connect the community’s main amenities, including public transit, the local community hall and playground.
Nisga’a Village of Gitlaxt’aamix – Skateen Drive Sidewalk Construction Project
Construct approximately 475 meters of sidewalks along the main road to increase pedestrian safety in the community.
Stewart – Administration Building Exterior Upgrade
Retrofit an administration building to improve operational and energy efficiency.
Terrace – Sportsplex Retrofits
Install a generator and heat-pump to enhance the heating, ventilation and air circulation of the Sportsplex.