Today, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, announced $92,500 in federal funding for two active transportation projects in Southwestern British Columbia.
This investment will support the evaluation of current infrastructure and the planning of new active transportation infrastructure to better connect communities through convenient, healthier, and cleaner modes of travel.
On the Sunshine Coast, funding will support review of data, maps and aerial imagery to assess gaps, preferred routes and costing in active transportation infrastructure along a 109km segment of Highway 101 from Sechelt to Lund. The findings will inform next steps for developing active transportation networks. This is a critical step for the region in improving safety for alternative modes of travel along Highway 101, and in encouraging residents to use active transportation to get around their community.
In the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, funding will support a joint planning process to inform the future extension of the Friendship Trail to connect Mount Currie (Líl̓wat Nation) and the Village of Pemberton. The project will confirm community and user needs, determine the best route for the extension, and validate trail management. Once constructed, the Friendship Trail will provide a safe, non-motorized travel route that improves access to services for Líl̓wat Nation.
By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.