Windermere water upgrade project receives $6 million in funding

Gas tax funding also given to Invermere for sanitary sewer master plan

Windermere, Canal Flats, and the District of Invermere all received funding through the Federal Gas Tax fund, announced last week by the provincial government, with the Windermere water project receiving $6 million.

Last week’s announcement will have a huge impact on the Windermere Water Upgrade project, reports the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK).

RDEK Chair Rob Gay and Vice Chair Wendy Booth will now begin working with staff to determine how the funds will be used to complete critical infrastructure upgrades and reduce the overall tax impact for property owners on the Windermere Water Upgrade project.

The RDEK confirms they will release more details once they work out the impact to the project.

Canal Flats received $110,000 to update their zoning bylaw and rewrite their Official Community Plan (see story, page 10). The District of Invermere also was the recipient of gas tax funding, with $85,000 for a sanitary sewer master plan.

The Government of Canada, along with the Government of British Columbia and Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM), made the announcement Friday, March 9th that 108 projects have been approved and four have been conditionally approved, for nearly $193 million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates how all levels of government are working to improve core infrastructure in B.C. communities,” said Wendy Booth, UBCM president and Area F director, in the government press release. “The Federal Gas Tax Fund is providing long-term support to renew facilities and strengthen asset-management practices throughout the province. Local governments appreciate this support and welcome this investment.”

The total Federal Gas Tax Fund contribution towards the 112 projects in B.C. is $192,980,158. To see all projects funded through this intake, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/16553.

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