Nathan Cullen

Investing in community, culture, recreation infrastructure

eAwaz Local News

British Columbia – Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Nathan Cullen, BC Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced joint funding for new and existing community spaces in four B.C. communities.

Funding announced today will support 2 Indigenous-led projects. The K’ómoks First Nation will build a new Community Wellbeing Centre building which will include a reception area and gathering space; traditional and modern health, culture, youth, elder, and language rooms; shared programming space; and a commercial kitchen. The First Nations of Ashcroft Indian Band will construct a community recreation centre that blends community, recreation, and cultural uses into one facility that will feature a gym, community kitchen, multi-purpose rooms and cultural repository.

Two additional communities in B.C. will benefit from joint federal-provincial funding. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will upgrade key components of its Oliver & District Arena, improving the facility’s accessibility and energy efficiency, and the Cariboo Regional District will expand the region’s wheelchair-accessible wilderness trails network through the development of three new trails.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $5.8 million towards these projects. The Government of British Columbia is contributing more than $2.3 million, while Indigenous community and regional district recipients are providing more than $2.8 million.

“Community infrastructure creates thriving and healthy communities. The funding announced will help create accessible spaces that allow community members to gather, learn and express their creativity help reduce social isolation and promote inclusivity.” – Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities 

“This series of new infrastructure projects and upgrades not only increase the recreational opportunities for British Columbians but make it accessible for all. Communities are strong and healthy when everyone can fully participate.” – Nathan Cullen, BC Minister of Municipal Affairs