North Vancouver, British Columbia, June 11, 2021—The safety and well-being of people is a top priority of the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Supporting local infrastructure during this extraordinary time will help create jobs, support local economies, and make our communities healthier, more inclusive and more resilient.
Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, and His Worship Mike Little, Mayor of the District of North Vancouver, announced funding to redesign Deep Cove’s village core along Lower Gallant Avenue in North Vancouver. For the occasion, they were also joined by Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North–Seymour, and Susie Chant, Member of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly for North Vancouver–Seymour.
The project consists of redesigning lower Gallant Avenue to revitalize the community core, support safe outdoor public spaces, and help sustain local businesses. It also includes reconfiguring the road right-of-way to create more pedestrian space, adding permanent loading zones for commercial vehicles, installing stormwater infrastructure, pavers and sidewalks, furnishings and lighting, among other things. Once completed, the redesigned village core will help meet seasonal and community needs such as protected seating and gathering space in the spring, summer and fall, as well as additional parking spaces in the winter.
The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $3.3 million towards this project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Community Resilience stream. Canada is contributing over $2,655,000, and B.C.’s share is more than $663,000. Announcements for other projects under this stream will be announced in the coming weeks.