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Government of Canada Invests $471,500 in the Okanagan Rails for Trails

Posted on March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017 – Kelowna, BC – Western Economic Diversification Canada

A popular community initiative will receive $471,500 under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP).

Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, made the announcement today.

The funds will rehabilitate 49.5km of abandoned CN rail grade to create the Okanagan Rail Trail connecting the communities of Vernon, Lake Country and Kelowna with a safe recreation trail for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada’s celebration of our country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada’s Regional Development Agencies to deliver further community funding across the country with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) being responsible for administering the program in Western Canada.

Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada is investing in projects that seek to renovate, expand and improve existing community infrastructure, with a focus on recreational facilities, projects that advance a clean growth economy, and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.

Quotes

“I want to congratulate all those who are working so hard to bring this legacy project to fruition. The Okanagan Rail Trail will connect our communities, allow us to explore the heritage and beauty of the Okanagan and provide an outstanding recreational and tourist destination for many generations to come.”

– Stephen Fuhr, CD, MP Kelowna-Lake Country

“Community Futures North Okanagan is thrilled with the newly announced funding support from the Federal Government through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Grant Program. The Okanagan Rail Trail will create many new and exciting economic and social benefits for our citizens and our region.”

– Norm Metcalf, General Manager

“The communities along the trail are grateful to Community Futures and WD’s Canada 150 program for supporting the development of the trail. By working together, we will finish the trail.”

– Brad Clements, Trail Ambassador

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For more information: Stephen Fuhr, MP (250) 470-5075