Cullen releases infrastructure priorities report for Northwest communities

OTTAWA - Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen released a summary report of his regional infrastructure tour today, which highlights infrastructure priorities for the Northwest for the coming years. Read the report here

Beginning in January, Cullen toured across the riding and held townhalls in ten communities from Queen Charlotte to Fort St. James. Cullen also held an online consultation for citizens unable to attend a townhall in person.

"Councils and citizens around the Northwest are looking for support to make their communities more resilient, sustainable and livable, and our region's needs are as diverse as the region itself," said Cullen. "This report provides an important baseline for identifying our common needs and allowing us to speak with one strong voice on our shared priorities."

The new Liberal government in Ottawa promised to spur economic growth and renew community infrastructure with massive investment pledges in its 2015 election platform. The tour and the report will guide Cullen's advocacy with relevant ministers in Ottawa over the coming months and years.

The report, entitled Investing in Our Communities: Infrastructure Priorities for the Northwest 2016-2019, centres around eleven key funding priorities for the region, including better transit on Highway 16, improving internet and cellular connectivity, adapting to climate change, and supporting communities in transition.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley has benefitted greatly from federal infrastructure funding in recent years, taking the lion's share ($9.2 million or 13 per cent) of total federal gas tax dollars for British Columbia in February.

Read the report here