People in Nelson-Creston to benefit from major community investments

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NELSON – New Democrat MLA Michelle Mungall says that people in Nelson-Creston will benefit from better infrastructure, upgrades to local trails, and a new cultural media arts centre at the Nelson Civic Theatre, thanks to a new joint provincial-federal investment of over $4 million in four local projects.

“This four million is a significant investment in our region,” said Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “These four projects contribute to our communities’ wellbeing and opportunities for prosperity at a time when we need them more than ever.”

Projects in Nelson-Creston receiving funding include:

  • Nelson Civic Theatre Society: Developing The Civic Theatre into a Cultural Media Arts Centre ($2,717,000)
  • Nelson Cycling Club: Nelson and Area Trail Network Enhancement Project ($118,956)
  • Central Kootenay: Woodbury Village Water System Treatment Upgrade Project ($480,840)
  • Central Kootenay: RDCK East Shore Connectivity Project: installation of fibre-optic infrastructure to Riondel, Boswell, and Wyndel ($782,000).

This local funding is part of over $228 million in grants going to B.C. communities through the first intake of Community, Culture and Recreation and Rural & Northern Communities streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a provincial-federal cost-sharing program that makes investments in community and green infrastructure. The Province of B.C. has committed nearly $62 million of the total funding for this intake.

The second intake for both streams was announced on June 25, with nearly $160 million in combined funding available for projects.

Investments made through ICIP are designed to create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities, and support a low-carbon, green economy.

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