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March 29, 2021, 10:27 am

StrongerBC Investments Support Forty-Six Project in Thirty-Two Communities

Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture
VICTORIA - Across British Columbia, thirty-two communities with local economies that depend heavily on visitors have received a combined $19.4 million to support tourism infrastructure development.

“This direct investment in tourism-dependent communities was a call to action from the tourism sector and an integral part of our recovery plan,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “These projects will provide good-paying jobs now, create valuable assets for communities and attract more visitors in the future.”

A total of 46 new tourism-development projects were identified by communities throughout B.C. and include updated trails for e-bikes and adaptive trikes, signage, solar electric-vehicle charging stations, sea kayak touring and picnic facilities, water park construction, and creating an arts and culture stage.

Funding is being provided through the Tourism Dependent Communities Initiative. The approved projects must be completed by March 2023.

This is one of three infrastructure investment programs for tourism as part of StrongerBC: BC's Economic Recovery Plan, which includes:
 
  • the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program;
  • Destination Development; and
  • the Regional Tourism Development Initiative.

B.C. communities that received tourism-dependent community funding are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount, Whistler, Barriere, Port Alice, Clearwater, Powell River, Squamish, Nelson, Parksville, Ladysmith, Gibsons, Port Hardy, Sechelt, North Cowichan, Grand Forks, Prince Rupert, Qualicum Beach, Smithers, 100 Mile House and Lillooet.

Communities have been identified as tourism dependent based on a combination of criteria, including:
 
  • collecting the municipality and regional district tax;
  • having a population of fewer than 25,000 and located outside of Metro Vancouver or the Capital Regional District; and
  • having a higher percentage of accommodation-sector wages in comparison to total employment wages. 

Learn More:

For a backgrounder listing approved projects and costs, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Backgrounder_25-03-2021_TDC_project_list.pdf
StrongerBC: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/


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