Children dance around a May Pole at the 90th Boston Bar and North Bend May Days festival Saturday. The community has gotten just under $2 million to restore the historic CN station house. Hope Standard file photo

Feds, province fund three major infrastructure projects in Hope area

Millions flowing to Yale and Shxw’owhamel first nations, and Boston Bar

Millions of dollars will be flowing to three communities in Hope and area, to fund a Yale First Nation community centre, a refurbished Station House in Boston Bar and ball fields and a playground at Shxw’owhamel First Nation.

The funding, announced Friday, is a joint federal and B.C. government initiative to stimulate local economices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan, 21 projects in the Lower Mainland are sharing the $44.5 million in federal and $19.2 million in provincial funding. Several of the applicants are also putting in funds.

Yale First Nation received close to $3-million in federal funding to build a multi-use recreation centre. The first nation is contributing just under $1-million of their own money to the project that will include a “gymnasium, outdoor play area, washrooms, change rooms, youth worker space, community kitchen, fitness centre and meeting room” according to a Friday Government of Canada news release.

The communities of Boston Bar and North Bend received just under $2-million to restore the CN station house in the community. With over $1.14 million coming from the feds and $763,000 from the province, the project is fully funded by the two levels of government. Plans for the build, according to Friday’s release, involve renovating the building inside, upgrading it to meet codes and standards and including ramp access as well as parking. The station house will become a rest stop and museum “to showcase the unique railway and cultural heritage” the release stated.

Shxw’owhamel First Nation will be building a spray park and playground, as well as lighted slo-pitch and soccer fields. They received $1.9 million from the feds and are putting in $648,000 of their own funding.

The money also went to 19 other community infrastructure projects in the Lower Mainland, including the restoration of historic buildings, construction of culture and performance spaces, sports facilities and even a new bridge outside Squamish.

Nine of the funded projects are in Indigenous communities, including $2-million in federal funding for a new cultural center and longhouse at Seabird Island Indian Band. The multi-use centre will include “an arts room, kitchen, carving room, open carving shed, accessible washrooms, pow wow grounds and round room,” according to the Friday news release.

Leq’á:mel First Nation are also funded to build a longhouse and smoke house on the Skweahm reserve, with $1.8-million in funding from the federal government.

This isn’t the last batch of money coming to communities, with further announcements in the coming months the release stated.

Pick up next week’s Hope Standard (July 16) for details about these infrastructure projects.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
emelie.peacock@hopestandard.com


Facebook and follow us on Twitter

hopeinfrastructure

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Speed carving event on Friday and Saturday in Memorial Park

Organizers are keeping event small, physically distanced and stocked with sanitizer

Mission man who nearly died from COVID-19 at Abbotsford hospital reflects on one-month battle

Robert Billyard was in an induced coma to ensure his body would not fight the ventilator to breathe

Lavender hand sanitizer sale raises cash for Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Golf course and lavender farm partner up to support health care in the Fraser Valley

Hope resident wants swift action on ‘dangerous’ intersection after accident

The intersection at Old Hope Princeton Way and 6 Avenue is under provincial jurisdiction

UBC soccer star Victory Shumbusho offers one-on-one training for Chilliwack players

The Chilliwack FC grad believes players need more training to reach higher levels of soccer

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Conservation seizes fawn illegally kept captive in Vancouver Island home

A Comox Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

35,000 doses of fentanyl part of huge Maple Ridge bust

Largest seizure in RCMP detachment’s history included submachine gun, body armour

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Most Read