Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest over $8.8M to upgrades ten fire hall facilities

Funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support 10 fire hall infrastructure projects in British Columbia. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $8.8 million in these projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Community Resilience stream. Canada is contributing over $7.1 million, and B.C. is contributing almost 1.7 million  Under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.

These projects consist of upgrading fire halls to improve critical services to residents through more efficient facilities and reduced response times. These upgrades also help meet seismic requirements and operational needs in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. Furthermore, investing in essential facilities will extend these buildings’ service life.

Project Information:


Project Name

Project Details

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding


Ashcroft – Ashcroft Fire Department Hall Retrofit

Expand the apparatus bay, renovate changing areas, and upgrade fire station to improve emergency response times.



Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs – Fire Hall Renovation

Expand and renovate the facility to meet COVID-19 and seismic requirements.




Hixon Volunteer Fire Department Society – Hixon Fire Hall Upgrade

Expand the fire station to accommodate operational needs in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.



Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Valley – Mesachie Lake Fire Hall Retrofit

Renovate the fire hall including installing new HVAC system plumbing, electrical and mechanical works, installing flooring, as well as upgrading the kitchen, bathroom, and roof to reduce energy usage and extend service life of the fire hall.



Northern Rockies

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality – Fire Hall & Public Works Structural Foundation Replacement

Replace the structural foundation of the building to ensure continued operations of the fire hall and public works building.



Port McNeill

Port McNeill – Fire Hall Upgrades

Upgrade the fire station including replacing the roof, flooring, and bay door as well as installing a generator to help minimize response time in emergencies.




Quesnel – Fire Hall #1 Upgrades

Renovate the fire hall to increase seismic structural stability, bring the facility up to current building and accessibility codes and standards, provide a changing room for female firefighting volunteers, increase the size of the apparatus bays, decrease occupational hazards and lower GHG emissions.



Seabird Island Indian Band, First Nations of

Seabird Island Band – Fire Hall Addition and Renovation

Renovate and expand the Seabird Island Fire Hall to provide space to properly physically distance and accommodate modern fire apparatus in the current fleet. Addition of washroom, shower and training space will better allow the fire department to follow COVID-19 protocols.




Thompson-Nicola – Vavenby Volunteer Fire Hall Addition

Construction of an additional apparatus bay at the Vavenby Fire Hall to store fire protection equipment.




Thompson-Nicola – Blackpool Volunteer Fire Hall Addition

Construct an additional apparatus bay at the Blackpool Fire Hall to store fire protection equipment.



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