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Canada and B.C. invest in water infrastructure in Lower Mainland


July 8, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Delta, B.C. – The federal and B.C. governments will fund 21 projects, including drinking water and wastewater facilities, in the Lower Mainland under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.

The federal government is investing more than $44.5 million, the B.C. government is contributing more than $19.2 million and the applicants (municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profits) are contributing more than $22.3 million to these projects through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream, and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan.

More than $19.4 million of the federal and provincial funding is going to nine projects in Indigenous communities, according to a news release from Infrastructure Canada.

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In North Delta, the funding will support a new track facility featuring an eight-lane track with a synthetic surface, and an infield made of natural turf. The new venue will also include field lighting, bleachers, additional parking as well as multi-purpose outdoor courts.

In the District of Squamish, a new sea dyke will be built in Xwu’nekw Park on the Mamquam Blind Channel to address increasing flooding due to rising sea levels. This will help keep people’s homes safe, protect local businesses, and preserve other essential infrastructure communities rely on daily. The work also includes enhancing the site with a new walkway, landscaping, lighting, trees and benches.

Among the other projects receiving this funding are improvements to community centres, health centres, storm water management, drinking water and wastewater facilities, cultural facilities and social support hubs.

Further announcements of infrastructure investments will follow in the coming months. Information about the programs and applications can be found on the B.C. government website.