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The Government of Canada is making investments in British Columbia to refresh community spaces, attract new visitors, and stimulate local economies
September 28, 2023 – Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Safe and inclusive public spaces and dynamic tourism attractions are key to building vibrant communities. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses and boosting economic vitality.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $1.2 million in PacifiCan funding for eight projects in Northern British Columbia. This includes $296,250 for one project through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and over $900,000 for seven projects through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF). These projects are expected to create over 50 jobs in the Northern region of B.C.
Some of the investments announced today include:
For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder here.
Other communities benefiting from improved public spaces and tourism experiences through today’s announcement include: Bella Coola, Dawson Creek, Lac La Hache, Quesnel and Williams Lake.
“From developing ski trails near Dawson Creek to expanding marine charter operations in Bella Bella, this investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the economic development of Northern British Columbia. Enhancing public spaces and tourism experiences in this region will not only bring people together, it will help businesses create jobs in their communities so they can thrive for years to come.”
– The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
“PacifiCan made this unique tourism opportunity a reality. Our vintage trolleys have been a hit this year as we have entertained over 6,000 visitors to Prince Rupert! All trolleys have wheelchair lifts, which make these tours fully accessible and a great way to introduce visitors to Prince Rupert where physical condition is not a barrier. Thank you, PacifiCan for understanding our vision and helping us bring it to fruition.”
– James Warburton, Owner of Olde Time Trolley Company
Office of the Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada