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Funds for Campbell River Infrastructure, Public Safety
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Campbell River is receiving nearly $900,000 in federal and provincial funding to enhance local infrastructure and parks, plant trees, and invest in public safety initiatives.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to join with the Province in providing LocalMotion funding for Campbell River. These programs will help build local infrastructure and create jobs," said Vancouver Island North M.P. John Duncan. "This partnership is another example of how the federal government is committed to strengthening the B.C. economy so that we can keep British Columbians working."
Today's announcement includes:
$330,284 in federal and provincial funding from the LocalMotion program:
$274,284 for the Penfield West Linear Park project which will connect to shopping, residential and existing greenway networks and will include a paved trail, children's playground and a dog park.
$56,000 for approximately 10 pedestrian controlled crossings along Highway 19A between Hilchey Road and 1st Avenue.
$493,238 for the first instalment under the Province's Strategic Community Investment Fund, a restructuring of provincial grant programs to give communities more funding sooner, including the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program to enhance policing and community-based safety programs.
$30,000 in Infrastructure Planning grants:
$10,000 for the Tidal Power Feasibility Study.
$10,000 for the Asset Management Roadmap.
$10,000 for a feasibility study for transporting waste solids from the NWEC to Elk Falls Mill.
$27,500 from the Trees for Tomorrow program for the Spirit Square - BC150 Grove project.
$4,634 from the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, equal to 100 per cent of the carbon tax paid as one of more than 175 communities that have signed the Climate Action Charter committing to becoming carbon neutral by 2012.
"We are committed to providing stability to British Columbia's communities during these difficult economic times," said Minister of Health Services George Abbott, on behalf of Minister of Community Development Kevin Krueger. "By cost-sharing with Campbell River on some of their projects, we are able to move some important investments forward, while creating jobs at a time when every job counts."
The LocalMotion project is part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.
Beyond this funding announcement, the Government of Canada is taking important steps to support economic growth. Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced in Budget 2009, is a balanced stimulus plan that includes massive investments in infrastructure, tax relief and transfers. This plan will provide close to $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years which will address needs in communities across Canada, as well as contributing to long-term economic growth through investments in public infrastructure, such as roads, water treatment, green energy and transit.
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John Duncan - Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North