Cullen welcomes $9.2M in federal funding to support municipal projects across riding

HAZELTON – MP Nathan Cullen is welcoming today’s news that Skeena-Bulkley Valley has received close to $9.2 million of $73 million in federal funding announced for 57 projects across British Columbia.

“It is a fantastic achievement that our communities were able to secure almost 13 percent of the funding allocated to the entire province for much-needed capital and capacity building projects,” Cullen said from Hazelton today.

Cullen noted seven municipal governments and regional districts in the riding will receive funding allocations for projects that include upgrades to an aquatic centre, airport expansion, and asset management planning. The following projects were announced today:

  • City of Terrace:  Terrace Aquatic Centre Renewal/Upgrade - $4,325,430
  • Village of Granisle:  Granisle Bioenergy District Heating System - $637,000
  • Town of Smithers: Airport Terminal Building Expansion and Improvements - $4,000,000
  • Village of Hazelton: Long-term Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan, Phase 2 -  $58,700
  • City of Prince Rupert: City of Prince Rupert Asset Management, Phase 1 - $97,250
  • District of Port Edward: Asset Management Projects - $60,000
  • Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District:  SQCRD Regional Recycling Depot Asset Management Plan - $18,489

Today’s funding announcements were made jointly by Canada's Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities, the BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.  Funding is from the federal Gas Tax Fund and projects were selected through the application-based Strategic Priorities Fund.

“The infusion of federal funds to help Northwest communities build, upgrade or outright replace community infrastructure will really help to get some of these important projects off the ground,” Cullen said today.  “I want to recognize the hard work of municipal governments and staff for their roles in bringing this money to their communities.”

Cullen is currently on the first leg of a riding-wide town hall tour to speak with constituents about their priorities for future federal infrastructure spending. The new federal government was elected on a promise to stimulate economic growth through community infrastructure investments. Tonight’s town hall is at the 7PM at the Old Church in Smithers.