Sidney Mayor and Council wish to acknowledge the ongoing community benefits derived through the receipt and use of Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF) transfers.
The Canada Community-Building Fund is now in its 18th year of delivering funding to local government infrastructure and capacity-building projects in British Columbia. During that time, the fund has transferred over $3.7 billion to B.C. communities.
Since the inception of the program, the Town of Sidney has received over $7.7 million in funding, and used close to $6 million on eligible projects to benefit the community. The major categories for eligible projects include: Local Roads and Active Transportation; Sport and Recreation Infrastructure; Wastewater and Storm Water; and Drinking Water.
The most significant Canada Community-Building Fund projects undertaken in Sidney this past year enhanced the Town’s active transportation network, including the Bike Path Improvement project on the west side of the Pat Bay Highway ($229,000), the Eighth Street Sidewalk Extension ($146,000), and Tulista Park Sidewalk Improvements ($100,000).
“Investing in active transportation is an essential part of building healthier, greener, and more connected communities. Our Government is proud to work with municipal partners on infrastructure projects that help reduce air pollution, build accessible communities, and improve the quality of life for residents.”
-Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North—Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“Sidney’s improved active transportation network benefits people by providing a safe and convenient option to get them to the places they want to go while reducing the number of vehicles on the roads. Together with the federal government, the Province is proud to support projects that promote physical activity and reduce emissions, creating healthier and more connected communities for everyone.”
-Josie Osborne, BC Minister of Municipal Affairs
“Town Council wishes to express its gratitude to the federal government for this ongoing funding stream, and also to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) for administering the program in BC on behalf of all local governments. This reliable funding source allows us to maintain and improve Sidney’s infrastructure without additional impact on taxpayers. This year’s funding has made it possible to improve a range of active transportation opportunities in Sidney, which in turn support the health and well-being of community members.”
-Cliff McNeil-Smith, Mayor of Sidney
“The CCBF is supporting B.C. communities as they renew and expand critical infrastructure for local residents. This a well-designed program that is adaptable to a broad range of local needs, as the Town of Sidney has shown in the range of projects undertaken to date. UBCM appreciated the ongoing commitment shown by the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C. to sustained investment in local infrastructure.”
-Laurey Anne Roodenburg, President of the Union of B.C. Municipalities and Councillor of Quesnel
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith