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$1.3 million in federal funding for the Okanagan Rail Trail

Posted on April 12, 2018

Government of Canada supports “Pathway of Connections” among Okanagan communities

British Columbia, Thursday April 12, 2018—Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active while growing our economy and creating jobs for the middle class.

Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was in Lake Country, British Columbia, today to announce $1.3 million in federal funding for the Okanagan Rail Trail project.

This project involves converting 50 kilometres of unused CN Rail line into a multi-use recreational trail spanning four communities: the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, the Okanagan Indian Band and the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

Once the project is completed, families in these communities will be connected by a safe walking and biking trail they can use to get fit, explore nature and learn about their regional heritage. The Rail Trail willalso be a great addition to the area’s tourist amenities, helping grow the economy and job opportunities for years to come.

Quotes

“I am very proud that the federal government is supporting the Okanagan Rail Trail project. This is a greatway to repurpose old infrastructure to meet current community needs. I very much look forward to seeing the many ways this project will enhance the lives of residents and support economic developmentthroughout our beautiful region.”“The Okanagan Rail Trail will provide real benefits for residents and Kelowna-area visitors, and provide a boost in local tourism. I’m proud to support the Rail Trail through BikeBC and Rural Dividend programsand pleased to see Canada sign-on to support its completion.” The Honourable Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure

”By purchasing the discontinued rail corridor, our communities have demonstrated a commitment topreserving this vital regional asset for generations to come. We’re grateful for the financial support of the federal government as well as the province, generous donors, business community and local residents to develop the Okanagan Rail Trail as a recreational amenity for all to enjoy.” James Baker, Mayor of Lake Country

“Multi-jurisdictional partnerships are the engine that drive innovative initiatives to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by our citizens. We are excited about this opportunity to continue working collaboratively with our local government and First Nation partners of the North and Central Okanagan to complete construction of this valuable active transportation and recreation link.” Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna

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Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transitprojects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’srural and northern communities.
  • The Government of Canada is contributing $1,363,130 to this project under the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component: National and Regional Projects. The project also received $471,500 from the Canada 150 infrastructure fund.
  • The province of British Columbia has contributed $1,277,435 to this project through BikeBC and the Rural Dividends Fund. The remaining project costs will be raised by the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative.

 

Contacts

Brook Simpson, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities 613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca

Andrew Gibbs
Senior Project Manager, City of Kelowna 250-469-8836
agibbs@kelowna.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154 media@infc.gc.ca

Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

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