Tsal’alh receives funding for emergency access and food security


From: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2021/12/tsalalh-receives-funding-for-emergency-access-and-food-security.html (can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com)

The governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to invest in local infrastructure to meet the needs of communities, improve the quality of life for people, increase food security, and support local solutions that make communities more resilient to challenges. unforeseeable events.

Today Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver — Sunshine Coast — Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honorable Josie Osborne, Minister BC Municipal Affairs, announced funding for an enhanced emergency transportation option for Tsal’alh.

This funding enables the Tsal’alh Development Corporation to build a new wharf and purchase a boat, providing band members with safe and reliable emergency transportation to and from the nation and improving access to essential goods and services. to the food supply. The new boat will also help provide essential services to the community, including transporting healthcare professionals and providing emergency evacuations as needed.

The Government of Canada is investing $ 366,763 in this project under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure component of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program.

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“Our government is taking action to increase the resilience of communities and keep people safe in the face of extreme weather events. Recent events in British Columbia have highlighted the need to think outside the box in the design of our transportation infrastructure. Our government is proud to partner with British Columbia on this innovative project, which will ensure the Tsal’alh First Nation has a safe mode of transportation to and from the Nation.

Patrick Weiler, MP for West Vancouver — Sunshine Coast — Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

This funding will help bring peace of mind to Tsal’alh members. Communities in remote locations are particularly vulnerable to road closures and other unforeseen events that can create safety concerns when critical health services or evacuations are required. As we have seen with the extreme weather events of the past few months, everyone in British Columbia must have safe and reliable access to essential services.

The Honorable Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs for British Columbia

“Tsal’alh has been affected by climate change in recent years as extreme weather events have closed our roads inside and outside the community. This project will provide an important water transportation option via Lake Seton to ensure emergency access to essential services. With climate change causing extreme events like forest fires and floods, access to water, rail and road are essential options needed to provide services to our community. The Tsal’alh government will work closely with the Tsal’alh Development Corporation to ensure the success of the project.

Chief Randy James, Tsal’alh Government (TG)

Fast facts

  • As part of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the federal government is investing more than $ 180 billion over 12 years in transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and rural and northern communities in Canada.
  • Including today’s announcement, 100 infrastructure projects under the COVID-19 funding stream have been announced in British Columbia to combat the effects of the pandemic with a total federal contribution of over 85 million dollars and a total provincial contribution of almost $ 21 million.
  • During this period, more than $ 38 billion has been earmarked for communities across Canada to support modern, world-class public infrastructure, including more than $ 1.77 billion for COVID-19 related projects.
  • Infrastructure Canada helps address the complex challenges Canadians face every day, from rapidly growing cities to climate change and environmental threats to our waters and lands.

Related links

Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/covid-19-resilience-eng.html

Invest in Canada: BC’s COVID 19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream www.gov.bc.ca/Investing-in-Canada-Infrastructure-Program

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/prog-proj-bc-eng.html

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