Regional district receives infrastructure funding

The Strathcona Regional District is getting a financial boost from the federal government

The Strathcona Regional District is getting a financial boost from the federal government.

The organization is receiving $238,037 as part of an annual contribution to local governments from the Government of Canada’s Community Works Fund.

The payment is the first of two equal payments that the regional district will receive during the 2016/17 fiscal year.

The board was notified of the payment at last week’s Wednesday board meeting.

The funds are transferred to the regional district via the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), as per an administrative agreement on the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

The $2-billion fund goes towards helping municipalities build and revitalize local infrastructure while aiming to create jobs and long-term growth.

Eligible project categories include: public transit, roads, airports, drinking water, solid waste, recreation infrastructure, cultural infrastructure, tourism infrastructure, broadband connectivity and other long-term infrastructure plans.

Project eligibility was expanded by the Canadian government last year to allow Gas Tax monies to also be put towards recreational facilities.

Under the New Building Canada Plan, Gas Tax funds are allocated to each province based on 2011 census data.

Between 2014 and 2019, B.C. will receive $1.32 billion.

The City of Campbell River is expected to receive $1.36 million for the 2016/17 fiscal year.

The city last year used its Gas Tax funds to help pay for the Robron turf field.


Quick facts


  • Through the Gas Tax Fund, close to $22 billion will go to Canadian communities between 2014 and 2024, including $5.5 million to North Island communities.


  • The Gas Tax Fund has, to date, provided $17 billion to communities since the program began, including $2.1 billion in the 2016/17 fiscal year.

Just Posted

Report: City of Campbell River needs a maintenance plan for Nunns Creek Nature Trust

Extensive ecological inventory shows both the good and the bad of city-leased lands downtown

Campbell River Fire Department douses truck fire on Inland Island Highway

A driver pulled over when the engine in his truck started smoking… Continue reading

High-speed internet connectivity for coastal communities one step closer to reality

Sub-sea fibre-optic cable will circle Vancouver Island and connect the North Coast to Vancouver

The Campbell River Festival of Films announces winter season line up

The Campbell River Festival of Films (CRFF) has unveiled its 2018 Winter… Continue reading

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read