Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, June 28, 2021—The governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to invest in infrastructure during this extraordinary time to enhance peoples’ quality of life, meet the needs of communities, and support local economies to continue to address the impacts of COVID-19.
Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, His Worship Jonathan Cote, Mayor of New Westminster and His Worship Mike Morden, Mayor of Maple Ridge announced funding for local infrastructure in Metro Vancouver. They were accompanied by Aman Singh, Member of the B.C. Legislature for Richmond-Queensborough.
These infrastructure projects will bring a multitude of various benefits to communities and people, including improving users’ safety, responding to a growing demand for enhanced recreational facilities, and fulfilling operational needs safely.
Among these projects, the City of New Westminster will create a forested area by rehabilitating one hectare of land back to its natural state. Approximately 2,200 trees will be planted, and new irrigation, signage and fencing will be installed. This shovel-ready project will contribute to the city’s target of having 27% canopy cover and help support economic recovery.
In Port Moody, the Recreation Arena Project will upgrade the facility’s mechanical and structural equipment, and install two new chillers, mitigating a future equipment failure that could release harmful chemicals.
The project in Maple Ridge will see new play structures installed at Albion Park, a centrally located and widely used playground, that will offer a safe and revitalized green space for children and families in the community.
The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing almost $4 million in the projects announced today (see backgrounder), through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Community Resilience stream. Canada is contributing more than $3 million, and B.C. is contributing more than $794,000. Federal funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements regarding consultations with Indigenous groups.
Additional projects in Metro Vancouver will be announced in the coming weeks.