Two new rounds of federal funding were announced yesterday in Prince Rupert to help improve infrastructure and outdoor tourism experiences in the northwest.
Minister of International Development Harjit S. Sajjan is in charge of the Pacific Economic Development Agency, which works to support economic development in British Columbia. Two investments were made to PacifiCan through both the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), and the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF).
Through the CCRF, $2.6 million was given to a total of eight projects in the northwest, while $297,498 was given by the TRF for three projects. One of those projects will be taking place in Prince Rupert, which was revealed following the announcement from Sajjan.
$500,000 from the CCRF stream will go towards constructing Cloudberry Trail. The Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation Society hopes to make outdoor activity accessible to all, offering a width of 2-3 metres and a Trail Rider wheelchair.
Most of the announced projects will be completed to upgrade tourism that focuses on exploring the natural environment of B.C., like constructing trails in Gitwinsihlkw, and adding outdoor infrastructure in the Gitxaala Nation.
Other projects include expanding the skatepark in Smithers, replacing a playground in Telkwa, upgrading community parks in both Hazelton and the Village of Port Clemens, as well as redeveloping the Nuxalk Kimsquit Traditional Resource Network.
Through the TRF, upgrades will be made to the Burnie Glacier Chalet in Smithers, the Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu, and adding staff housing to increase tourism capacity in Haida Gwaii.
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