BC Gov't News
Pumping In Money
province team up to upgrade flood control infrastructure
Released Marc Wang, BC Gov't Caucus
District of Kent has received $330,000 for the Hammersley Pump Station
Floodbox construction project. The district is now better prepared for flood
emergencies thanks to a joint investment by the Governments of Canada and
The announcement made today is aimed at helping Kent meet its pressing
infrastructure needs, protecting families and communities' critical
infrastructure, and supporting continued economic growth.
"Drainage issues are a major priority for the District of Kent and their
residents," said Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl. "I'm pleased to
see our government working with our provincial counterparts to deliver real
results in our local communities."
"This region is subject to an increased risk of flooding," said Chilliwack
MLA John Les. "The Hammersley Pump Station upgrade project will go a long
way in minimizing the impact of extreme flooding on homes and businesses in
the area. This is much needed infrastructure that will serve the community
for years to come."
MLA John Les
Funding for 22 flood mitigation projects in 20 communities was announced on
January 24, 2012 by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for
Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Shirley Bond, B.C.
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General. This funding will help
communities address existing flood concerns, and take proactive steps toward
preventing flooding emergencies. The initiatives range from flood protection
in the Cowichan Valley, to stormwater diversion in Summerland, to upgrading
the Maple Pump Station in Surrey. Flood protection projects were selected
based on local government or dike authority applications that offered
cost-effective solutions for areas at risk.
and provincial governments provide up to two-thirds of the funding for
eligible project costs, with local governments and diking authorities
covering the remainder of project funding. These investments are being
delivered through two important programs.
MP Mark Strahl
In 2008, the federal government allocated $136 million to the Communities
Component of the Building Canada Fund, to support local government
infrastructure projects in communities with a population of less than
100,000 people. Of this funding, $25 million was specifically allocated to
accommodate disaster mitigation projects selected through the Provincial
Flood Protection Program. Mitigation funds will assist communities across
B.C. by providing funding for new dikes, erosion protection, pump stations,
flood boxes and other structures to better protect communities from
The Provincial-Territorial Base Fund (PT Base Fund) is part of the Building
Canada Plan and provides $175 million to each province and territory to
address core infrastructure priorities such as water, waste water, green
energy, regional and community airports, and safe roads. Of this funding,
$23 million was identified for the Flood Protection Program.
Since the beginning of this partnership, the federal, provincial and local
governments have committed to 137 projects with a combined total value of
nearly $125 million to protect communities against flood hazards throughout
more information on these funding programs, visit:
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