The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister in charge of PacifiCan, has announced more than $2 million in financing from PacifiCan for 10 projects across the East Kootenays. The announcements made will assist Fernie, Sparwood, Kimberley, Elkford, Radium Hot Springs, Ta Ta Creek, and Cranbrook, among other communities. Among the projects, we find a hydroponic container farming project. These initiatives are said to expand employment possibilities, foster economic growth, and enhance social well-being. British Columbians will have improved access to recreational activities and facilities because of improvements to current infrastructure and the construction of new public assets.
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister of Tourism made a point of saying, “Investing in shared public spaces and tourism experiences will bring communities together and ensure that the Thompson Okanagan region thrives well into the future. These investments illustrate how the Canadian government is helping to stimulate economic growth in communities throughout British Columbia.”
Over $2 million in PacifiCan funding for ten projects throughout the East Kootenays. This includes almost $1.5 million for five projects funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and over $550,000 for five projects funded through the Tourism Relief Fund. As part of the projects that have received the funding, we find Wildsight Elk Valley Branch received $252,000 to construct a Hydroponic Container Farm.
Wildsight Elk Valley Branch
Funding will be used to construct a Hydroponic Container Farm, which will allow produce to be grown year-round at the Fernie Community EcoGarden.
“As we move past the acute phase of the pandemic, Canada’s tourism sector is showing significant signs of robust growth. Over the last two years, the government of Canada’s investments in tourism has been centered on the survival of our visitor economy. As we move to revival and the growth of the sector, we continue to provide targeted support to tourism businesses so they can keep providing unforgettable experiences.” Commented the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance.
You can view the other projects here.
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