February 12, 2016

Cranbrook, BC (February 12, 2016) - The City of Cranbrook is pleased to announce its successful grant application for $2.8 million in funding through the Federal Gas Tax Fund, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia and administered by the Union of BC Municipalities.  This funding will be used for the Idlewild Park Rehabilitation project, which will be underway in 2016.  See Backgrounder and News Release for further details.

“This is great news for the citizens of Cranbrook and Area C residents.  The dam will be rebuilt and the lake restored.  We want to enhance the surrounding area and build it to serve the residents in many different ways.  We will be consulting with the public and encouraging participation by various groups and organizations.  This will be a Community Builder project that will serve the needs of the users for many years to come.  Stay tuned for further announcements regarding this wonderful project we are about to design and build.”
Lee Pratt, Mayor, City of Cranbrook

“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in BC, and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars. Community officials are best positioned to identify their specific needs, and the federal Gas Tax fund supports them in making those strategic investments. These 57 projects will contribute to building the strong, inclusive and sustainable communities Canadians desire to live in.”
Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“These funds will help support the construction of infrastructure improvements that will provide a better standard of living for residents in communities all across B.C. I’m pleased to say that local governments throughout the province are receiving more than $69 million in funding for 27 capital projects through the Federal Gas Tax Fund, which is administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and provided by the Government of Canada.”
Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
“The federal Gas Tax Fund is helping local governments accelerate their capital investment plans. These investments will support improved levels of service for facilities in communities throughout BC. The 189 local governments that we represent appreciate the ongoing commitment of the Government of Canada to improving local infrastructure. We are also pleased with the valued support provided by the Province of British Columbia to deliver this program.”
Al Richmond, President, Union of BC Municipalities

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