Infrastructure projects across Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island are getting a boost from the provincial and federal governments.
Infrastructure Canada says the investment will support economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic as the projects get underway. Funding for 22 projects in Island communities was announced by ministers on Friday, July 3. The projects include improvements to community centres, health centres, stormwater management, drinking water and wastewater facilities, cultural facilities and social support hubs.
In Saanich, two artificial turf playing fields will be replaced at Hampton Park for the Gorge Soccer Association. The project is receiving $280,000 in federal funding, $175,00 in provincial funding and $245,000 in funding from the applicant.
The construction of a Pauquachin Legacy Gathering Place for the expression and exploration of the Coast Salish and WSANEC peoples’ traditional culture and history will go forward with about $6.3 million in federal funding and $2.1 million from the Pauquachin First Nation. The project includes a new unheated Big House, a heated and fully serviced band hall, new roof-mounted solar photovoltaic arrays and a back-up generator as well as landscaping and lighting.
A pre-fabricated kitchen and dining facility in Sooke with accessible washrooms and showers for Scouts Canada at Camp Barnard will receive about $260,000 in federal funds, nearly $163,000 in provincial funds and about $228,000 in applicant funds. A multi-use sport box with concrete pads, washrooms and bleachers, an emergency road and parking will also be constructed in the Sunriver area with the use of about $487,000 in federal funding, $405,000 in provincial funding and $325,000 in applicant funds.
The T’Sou-ke Nation will receive a community complex and health centre including a community hall, kitchen, outdoor patio, offices, washrooms and an elevator. This facility will receive about $3.8 million in federal funds and about $1.3 million in applicant funds.
In View Royal, the Craigflower Manor heritage property will receive a new community centre with a central communal meeting area and multi-purpose meeting rooms. This project will be funded with about $1.7 million from the federal government, $1 million from the province and $1.5 million from the Victoria Highland Games Association.
The Victoria Cool Aid Society will also receive a new arts studio space with workstations to support vulnerable and marginalized community members as well as the installation of a security system. The federal government is putting about $430,000 into this project, the province is funding about $269,000 of it and the remaining $376,565 is coming from applicant funding.
The federal government is contributing more than $33.2 million to projects on the Island and the province is contributing over $8.7 million, according to Infrastructure Canada. Individual applicants are contributing more than $12.2 million to the projects. Eight of the projects are also in Indigenous communities, which will receive more than $23.2 million in federal and provincial funding.