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Goldsmith-Jones: Feds helping with local projects

Goldsmith-Jones: Feds helping with local projects

pam golsmith jonesIt was a pleasure to join with municipal and regional district elected leaders in March to announce the following investments in clean water and wastewater infrastructure. Your federal tax dollars have been matched by your provincial tax dollars. Our government is committed to supporting local government priorities to help alleviate the significant burden that expensive and essential infrastructure places on the property tax payer.

On the Sunshine Coast, these are the projects that were prioritized by your local and regional governments, and which now have the financial support from all three levels of government in order to proceed:

• Gibsons water infrastructure renewal program – $618,000

• Gibsons integrated stormwater update and implementation – $150,000

• Sechelt sanitary sewer expansion project – $1,757,000

• Pender Harbour water systems water main replacements – $1,650,000

• Pender Harbour Canoe Road community septic field system replacement – $37,500

• Madeira Park Merrill Crescent community septic field system replacement – $32,500

The federal government recognizes that BC Ferries is a crucial aspect of life on the west coast, and added ferry infrastructure to the permitted criteria for infrastructure funds. In March, on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, we also announced $60 million to go toward three projects:  two minor vessels which will serve the Powell River – Texada Island and Port McNeill-Alert Bay-Sointula routes; an investment in the newly established seasonal direct ferry route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola; and last but most definitely not least, major upgrades to the Langdale terminal including a new terminal building and waiting area, an overhead passenger walkway, toll plaza, and amenities to serve the travelling public.

With regard to federal government grants that community groups may wish to apply for, please let our staff team know. We appreciate the opportunity to support you in your applications, and I am very grateful to the councils and regional districts in our constituency for the collaborative approach we are taking to ensuring success at the local level.

Congratulations to the Sunshine Coast! You can expect calls from Lucie McKiernan in the days ahead as we inform employers about the students they can expect to have join them as a result of the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. You can email me at, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.

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