All four Comox Valley governments apply for one-time, 100% provincial funds for ready-to-go infrastructure projects that can create immediate jobs and help communities recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.
Courtenay and District Museum building | George Le Masurier photo
CV governments apply for infrastructure funds to ease pandemic economic recovery
All four of the Comox Valley’s local governments have applied for provincial funds designated to help BC communities recover from the economic impacts of the COVID pandemic.
The provincial government set aside $90 million to provide one-time, 100 percent funding for projects — up to $1 million each — that meet one of four objectives:
— Community economic resilience
— Destination development
— Unique heritage infrastructure
— Rural economic recovery
Projects will be chosen from the applications based on their contribution toward creating immediate new employment or re-employing laid-off workers. The projects have to begin before Dec. 31, 2021, and complete by March 31, 2023.
Decafnation asked each local government what they applied to do.
TOWN OF COMOX
Comox has applied to complete phase two of its marina enhancement plan. It hopes to receive funds for a new marine services building.
CITY OF COURTENAY
Courtenay city staff have worked with and supported the Courtenay Museum to renovate and build a new section onto the existing facility.
The city also negotiated with the provincial granting agency to get the Sixth Street bridge included. But the complexity and environmental aspects of the project could not meet the 2021 deadline for starting the construction.
VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND
Cumberland applied to rebuild the village’s No. 2 dam, hydro generation and Unnamed Creek remediation project.
It has also applied for infrastructure development of water services on the Bevan Lands and infrastructure upgrades and improvement for Cumberland Lake Park. If the Bevan Lands project did not qualify for timing reasons, the village planned to also apply for renovations of the field house and washroom facilities at its Village Park.
In another application, Cumberland applied to the separate but related Childcare BC New Spaces Fund for up to $3 million to create new childcare spaces within the village.
COMOX VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT
The regional district submitted six applications, four to the federal infrastructure program and two to the province.
The federal applications include the Denman Island water treatment project, phase one of the Baynes Sound sewer extension project, a retrofit of the CV Sports Centre mezzanine area and a Shingle Spit boat launch project.
The provincial applications included expansion of the Seal Bay parking lot and the Merville Hall food hub project.
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