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Backgrounder: 57 Projects in British Columbia Communities to receive $73.3 million in federal Gas Tax Funds

Each year the Government of Canada transfers over $253 million to the Province of British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF). The funding is predictable, permanent and indexed to provide communities with a reliable ongoing funding source for their local infrastructure projects. The GTF provides communities with maximum flexibility. They can spend, bank, pool or use the funds to pay down infrastructure loans. Communities are free to direct the GTF to the eligible infrastructure projects they choose.

In British Columbia, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund, in partnership with Canada and British Columbia.

  • The Community Works Fund, which provides per-capita allocation-based funding for all BC communities;
  • The Greater Vancouver Regional Fund, which pools a percentage of the GVRD and its member local governments' per-capita allocation for regional transportation projects proposed by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) and approved by the GVRD Board;
  • The Strategic Priorities Fund, which provides communities outside the GVRD with access to pooled, application-based funding for projects larger in scale, or regional in impact, or innovative.

In late January, the Gas Tax Fund Management Committee approved funding for 57 new infrastructure projects from among the 222 applications it received under the Strategic Priorities Fund. Funding was approved for thirty capacity building projects and twenty-seven capital projects.

Below is the list of the approved projects:

Local Government

Project Title

Total GTF Funding

District of 100 Mile House

100 Mile House Water Supply Upgrade

$5,850,000

Town of Osoyoos

Rural Area Water System Twinning

$2,472,000

District of Barriere

Water Supply and Distribution System Improvements

$4,836,735

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Sunnybrae Water System Upgrade

$1,701,032

City of Merritt

Water Treatment Upgrades

$2,280,000

District of Peachland

Priority 1 Asset Management Projects: Coldham and Greata Pressure Reducing Valves Replacements

$612,500

The Corporation of the Village of Lumby

Lumby's Sustainable Water Plan - Stage 1 Revitalization Works

$1,711,938

Village of Sayward

Village of Sayward Water Treatment Facility

$2,922,750

Cariboo Regional District

Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre

$4,000,000

City of Terrace

Terrace Aquatic Centre Renewal/Upgrade

$4,325,430

City of Cranbrook

Idlewild Park Rehabilitation Project

$2,800,000

Regional District of Central Kootenay

Nelson and District Community Complex 2015 Pool Renewal

$4,597,200

District of West Kelowna

Chlorine Room - Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre

$85,000

City of Prince George

Masich Place Stadium Artificial Turf Field

$3,200,000

City of Salmon Arm

Water Pollution Control Centre - Ultraviolet (UV) Light Disinfection System Upgrade

$650,000

City of Abbotsford

JAMES Plant Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection Project

$4,273,000

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

Bralorne Wastewater Collection System Upgrade and Secondary Treatment

$1,999,530

District of Squamish

Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection of Sewage Effluent

$952,000

Village of Granisle

Granisle Bioenergy District Heating System

$637,000

District of Hudson's Hope

Solar Electric Panel Farm Array

$1,350,000

City of Kimberley

Gerry Sorensen Way Reconstruction

$4,500,000

Village of Zeballos

Zeballos River Crossing

$2,945,775

Town of Qualicum Beach

Memorial Avenue Active Transportation and Utility Upgrade

$600,000

City of Courtenay

5th St "Complete Street" Pilot Project

$3,253,000

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Meade Creek Recycling Centre Upgrades & Ash Landfill Closure Project

$2,560,000

Regional District of Mount Waddington

Seven Mile Recycling Scales

$60,000

Town of Smithers

Smithers Regional Airport Terminal Building Expansion and Improvements

$4,000,000

District of Mackenzie

District of Mackenzie Long-term Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan

$89,500

City of Castlegar

City of Castlegar Asset Management & Climate Change Prioritization Framework

$250,000

City of Grand Forks

City of Grand Forks Performance Measurement & Reporting Framework for Sustainable Service Delivery

$195,000

District of Invermere

District of Invermere Infrastructure Replacement Priority Plan

$65,000

Village of Fruitvale

Village of Fruitvale AM Investment Plan & Prioritization Framework for Capital Infrastructure Planning

$45,000

City of Rossland

Asset Management Investment Plan

$75,000

Sunshine Coast Regional District

Sunshine Coast Regional District Enterprise Asset Management Software Implementation

$412,831

Village of Hazelton

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

City of Penticton

Prioritization Framework for Capital Planning

$42,000

District of Sicamous

Asset Management Systems

$35,000

District of Summerland

District of Summerland Integrated Asset Management & Infrastructure Investment Plan

$372,000

Village of Ashcroft

Village of Ashcroft Long-Term Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan

$48,700

City of Revelstoke

Strengthening Organizational Adoption of Asset Management

$32,500

City of Victoria

City of Victoria Facility Condition Assessment

$300,000

City of Nanaimo

City of Nanaimo Comprehensive Risk Framework for Asset Management

$39,500

Strathcona Regional District

Strathcona Regional District Asset Management Plan Development/Condition Assessments

$90,000

Town of Ladysmith

Town of Ladysmith Asset Management: Assessment and planning

$80,000

District of Wells

District of Wells Integrated Official Community Plan

$77,107

Village of Salmo

Salmo Official Community Plan: Shaping a Sustainable Future

$75,000

Village of Warfield

Village of Warfield Integrated Official Community Plan

$77,138

District of Mission

Sustainable Mission - District of Mission Official Community Plan Review - 2015

$225,000

District of West Kelowna

District of West Kelowna Upper Glenrosa Area Plan – Phase 2 and 3

$100,152

Capital Regional District

Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Island Integrated Service Plan

$50,000

District of Squamish

District of Squamish Integrated Stormwater Management Plan

$160,000

Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District

Skeena-Queen Charlotte RD Regional Recycling Depot Asset Management Plan

$18,489

City of Vernon

City of Vernon Long-Term Sanitary Sewer Utility Plan

$46,500

Okanagan Basin Water Board

Environmental Flow Needs for Okanagan Water Planning

$397,000

Central Okanagan Regional District

Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Strategic Transportation Plan

$600,000

For more information on the federal Gas Tax Fund.

For more information on the individual projects in the above list, please direct your questions to the communities themselves.

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