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Posted: July 6, 2020

Three regional projects get ICIP funding

Joint federal, provincial and applicant funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) will support 25 infrastructure projects in British Columbia’s Interior communities, including three in the East Kootenay.

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The Government of Canada is investing more than $22.6 million in these projects through the Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS). The Government of British Columbia is contributing over $15 million and the applicants (municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profits) are contributing more than $4 million.

The City of Cranbrook is getting $4,110,326 in RNIS funds for upgrades to existing wastewater treatment lagoon system including replacement of piping between and underneath lagoon cells, repair and regrading of lagoon dyke slopes with armouring along Joseph Creek, as well as related civil, mechanical and electrical works. Another $3,288,261 is coming from the provincial government, with the city adding a further $822,066.

The Regional District of East Kootenay is getting $491,400 for the Edgewater Connectivity Project; for improvements to broadband connectivity by installing fibre-optic lines and connecting telecom equipment to connect town assets to the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation’s regional fibre-optic network. The provincial government is providing another $327,600.

The Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance (Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail) will get $540,902 in federal CCRIS funds, to go along with $338,063 in provincial funds and $473,290 in applicant funding for the completion of the Invermere to Fairmont Hot Springs connector trail.

Lead image: Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail south of Invermere. Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW photo

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