More investment in BC’s tourism infrastructure

More than 50 new tourism projects across British Columbia are receiving a total of $21.3 million for shovel-ready infrastructure projects.

These projects are part of the second cycle of the Destination Development Stream of the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) 2021.

In February 2021, in response to the pandemic and through StrongerBC, the province provided $20 million for 54 tourism-specific projects under Round 1 of CERIP. The second investment of $21.3 million in 2022 doubles that, providing a total of $41.3 million to the tourism ecosystem for over 100 projects.

“We know that tourism infrastructure is a priority for communities. Today we are responding to this call to action from the sector that will further support its recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Our investment in tourism creates well-paying jobs that directly support local economies and will enhance our reputation as a world-class destination for the many visitors who want to return to British Columbia for years to come. »

The province is investing an additional $30 million over the next two years to continue investing in tourism infrastructure across the province. By helping communities improve tourism experiences, British Columbia will increase its ability to compete as a destination of choice.

These funds will strengthen tourism growth and expand emerging tourism opportunities, spurring the recovery of BC’s post-pandemic tourism economy. Continued investments in destination development will increase employment and job creation and build more livable communities while improving the quality of life for residents and visitor experiences.

These investments in shovel-ready tourism infrastructure projects support tourism recovery and resilience by creating jobs and developing infrastructure that will draw visitors to BC communities in the short and long term. . Examples of approved projects include the development of an Indigenous campground, improved trails to accommodate mountain bikes and adapted wheelchairs, space for arts and cultural events, and beautification projects and signaling.

Projects were chosen for their demonstrated tourism benefits to communities and British Columbians, as well as new jobs, many of which will provide jobs for apprentices, youth, new Canadians, women and Indigenous peoples. Eligible applicants included local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations.

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Cormac Hikisch, President, Smithers Ski Club –

“The Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club is beyond thrilled to have received a grant from CERIP. With this funding announcement, we are on the verge of establishing a winter sports event center at Hudson Bay Mountain Resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding competitions. We look forward to improving local sports infrastructure for surrounding communities and inviting competitors from across the region and province to future events.

Jane Paterson, President, Red Mountain Racers Society, Rossland –

“This generous investment to build a new race office and timing facility, International Ski Federation level T-bar lighting and the expansion of snowmaking on our ski cross course will be an improvement. significant and will open up opportunities for night racing and as a search- after ski cross venue. This will allow us to properly host the 2026 BC Games and many other large-scale events. We are grateful for the support of the community and Red Mountain Resort as we grow our race venue and host more events in Rossland.

Malcolm Brodie, Mayor, City of Richmond –

“The Richmond Olympic Oval is a lasting legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics for Richmond and the country. This $1 million provincial grant will support the development of a sports and events plaza in front of the iconic oval that will leverage existing facilities for tourism, sport and fitness. It will expand opportunities for use through programs, public uses and events, and bring more vibrancy to the neighborhood around the Richmond Olympic Oval urban riverfront community.

Cheryl Beattie, Director, Kamloops Performance Cycling Center –

“Like many other cities in British Columbia, Kamloops has seen an unprecedented increase in trail users during COVID, from local users to regional and national tourists. CERIP funds are greatly appreciated and will support our efforts to elevate Kamloops’ competitiveness as a premier travel destination and provide a more accessible riding experience for cyclists of all abilities at Harper Mountain and Pineview.

Fast facts:

  • The $30 million tourism infrastructure fund will begin accepting applications in fall 2022 and again in fall 2023. More information will be released this summer.
  • These new funds will implement actions in response to the recommendations of the tourism working group.
  • As part of the 2021-2022 budget, CERIP’s investment of $21.3 million more than doubles the tourism infrastructure investments made in February 2021.
  • The $21.3 million provided through the second round of funding supports an infrastructure project in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region; nine projects in the Kootenay Rockies region; six in the northern region of British Columbia; 11 in the Thompson Okanagan region; 15 in the Vancouver Coast and Mountains region and 10 in the Vancouver Island region.

Learn more:

For a backgrounder listing approved projects and costs, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/CERIP_Table_2.pdf

To view the list of projects funded in CERIP’s first round of funding, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2-25-21_CERIP.pdf

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