BC, Ottawa announces 57 recreation projects across the province – Smithers Interior News

Kimberley’s Center 64 arts center has needed a roof and truss replacement since 2019, and is among 57 projects receiving federal and provincial infrastructure funding this year. (Kimberley Newsletter)

BC, Ottawa announces 57 recreational projects in the province

Federal funds require Indigenous consultation on every facility

The governments of British Columbia and Canada fund 57 recreation projects in the province, 13 of which are Indigenous-led and the rest are subject to consultation with local Indigenous communities.

British Columbia projects include a community center with cultural exhibits, a gymnasium and a fitness facility for the McLeod Lake Indian Band in central British Columbia. Others include the rehabilitation of a former municipal office in Elkford into a community centre, the construction of a year-round swimming pool in the Kent district, the improvement of forest paths in Quesnel and the construction of a footpath 3.5 km to Port Alberni.

Federal funds are now dependent on consultation with Indigenous peoples for all projects. B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen said that for smaller communities, the federal-provincial program now allows some projects to be completed without local government input.

Some of these projects are essential repairs to ensure the operation of municipal buildings. The Fort St. James arena is being upgraded to meet operational and accessibility needs, with $1.2 million from Ottawa and $1.7 million from the province. Kimberley’s Center 64 arts center has needed a roof and truss replacement since 2019, and it’s receiving $94,634 from the last federal budget and $59,146 from the province to match $82,805 from local taxpayers.

A complete list of projects and funds from each level of government is here.

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