Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

November 09, 2011 14:00 ET

Vancouver Island and Nearby Coastal Communities Benefit from West Coast Community Adjustment Program

COMOX, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Today, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $1.6 million in West Coast Community Adjustment Program (WestCCAP) funding for nine projects on Vancouver Island and other nearby coastal communities.

"Our Government, through the West Coast Community Adjustment Program, is supporting BC's coastal communities and creating new jobs and opportunities for economic growth," said Minister Duncan. "These projects will enhance existing services in the various Vancouver Island and nearby coastal communities, as well as provide the necessary infrastructure to develop new economic opportunities for businesses and our region."

The projects announced today range in scope from the construction of the new Visitor's Centre in Alert Bay to the expansion of the Small Craft Harbour in Comox. The projects will enable these nine communities to upgrade their existing tourism infrastructure, support economic and diversified growth and promote job creation.

The Government of Canada is providing the $1.6 million investment through WestCCAP to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of Vancouver Island and nearby coastal communities.

"Community Futures is focused on creating and maintaining private sector jobs and partnering with government to create platforms for economic growth and stability in rural communities," said John Farrell, Chair of the Fisheries Legacy Trust. "These improvements in infrastructure will not only enrich the quality of life in coastal BC but encourage new business development and expansion. Such initiatives are critical in the support of sustainable rural communities."

The West Coast Community Adjustment Program will provide more than $7 million to support economic growth, job creation and the future sustainability of BC coastal communities affected by challenges within the salmon fishery.

The Fisheries Legacy Trust, comprised of the 13 west coast Community Futures, is delivering this initiative on behalf of Western Economic Diversification Canada. The Government of Canada supports initiatives that combat challenges facing traditional industries, protect resources in affected areas in order to support the long-term success of resource-dependent communities.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

A stronger West. A stronger Canada




On November 9, 2011, the Government of Canada announced funding of over $1.6 million towards nine projects benefiting various communities on Vancouver Island and on the coast of British Columbia.

Nine Projects:

Vancouver Island North:

Funding of $192,000 for the Village of Alert Bay to construct a new visitor centre at the Alert Bay Waterfront in Alert Bay, B.C.

Funding of $23,256 for the Regional District of Mount Waddington to repair the damaged Holberg Wharf in Port McNeill, B.C.

Funding of $250,000 for the Comox Valley Harbour Authority to construct an access ramp and install floats at the Comox Small Craft Harbour in Comox, B.C.

Funding of $174,000 for the Nuchatlaht Tribe to assist with dock improvement and enhancement at Oclucje Indian Reserve #7 (at head of Espinosa Inlet), B.C.

Funding of $191,750 for the Quatsino Community Society to make infrastructure upgrades to the Coal Harbour Wharf in Coal Harbour, B.C.

Funding of $124,188 for Denman Island Resident's Association for the construction of a new community dock on Denman Island, B.C.

Funding of $250,000 for the Quadra Island Harbour Authority to make infrastructure upgrades to the Heriot Bay Wharf on Quadra Island, B.C.

Skeena Bulkley Valley:

Funding of $181,337 for the Village of Queen Charlotte to construct a sea walk on Oceanview Drive in Queen Charlotte, B.C.

Nanaimo Alberni:

Funding of $250,000 for the District of North Cowichan to complete the sea walk to link with Marine Trail Network and complete trail network loop from Crofton to Maple Bay Marina in Crofton, B.C.

Contact Information

  • Ben Letts
    A/Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    (604) 666-1318

    Toll-Free Number: 1 888 338-WEST (9378)
    Web Site: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca