Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

November 30, 2009 18:23 ET

Canada and British Columbia Support CPR Steamship Terminal Upgrades

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and the Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, along with The Honourable Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Bill Wellburn, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Provincial Capital Commission (PCC), today announced that residents of Victoria will benefit from seismic upgrades and structural improvements to the 85-year-old Canadian Pacific Railway Steamship Terminal building.

The $3 million project will be funded by the federal and provincial governments, which will each contribute $1.5 million under Canada's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

"Upgrading the CPR Steamship Terminal to meet modern earthquake standards will ensure that this historic building continues to stand safely and proud for many years to come," said Minister Lunn.

"The continued presence of this iconic building is tremendously important for tourism in the region," said Minister Krueger, whose area of responsibility also covers the PCC. "We are delighted to invest in public safety and extend the life of this 85-year-old landmark building on the harbour."

"The CPR Steamship Terminal is one of the landmark buildings that define the Capital. Proceeding with the necessary structural renewal to this building takes us another step forward in completing the upgrades to the heritage assets under our stewardship. It is very good news for us and for the Region," said Bill Wellburn, Chair of the PCC. "Planning work is underway and we have engineers determining the best way to proceed within the tight timelines. We value the relationship with our tenants and regret the disruptions that these important upgrades may cause. I have directed staff at the PCC to work closely with our tenants to explore appropriate relocation sites - either temporary or permanent, depending upon their individual determinations. We do hope to welcome them back upon the completion of the work."

The building, constructed in 1924, will undergo upgrades, such as new walls, braces and anchors. This project will help increase the building's safety against seismic movements, provide earthquake damage control, and extend the life of the building. Construction will begin by December 2010 and will be substantively complete by March 2011.

Canada and British Columbia are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in British Columbia.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada
    Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
    Victoria Klassen