People in the Northwest to benefit from better local infrastructure

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HAZELTON – New Democrat MLA Doug Donaldson says that people in the Northwest will benefit from better, safer local infrastructure thanks to a new joint provincial-federal investment of over $11.3 million in four projects in the region.

“Our government has worked with our federal partners to make these important investments for people all around the Northwest,” said Donaldson, MLA for Stikine. “These upgrades will ensure that communities have infrastructure that will meet their needs into the future.”

Grants going to Northwest include:

  • Kitimat-Stikine RD: Telegraph Creek boat launch and dock replacement ($378,847)
  • Taku River Tlingit First Nation: design and construction of a new wastewater treatment facility for Taku River Tlingit First Nation and the Atlin area ($5,782,000)
  • Telkwa: Village of Telkwa wastewater treatment plant and sanitary collection system rehabilitation ($2,410,625)
  • Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw: Ts’oohl Ts’ap Recreation Centre upgrade ($2,800,646)

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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