Fraser Valley Communities Get $2.5M for Public Space Revitalization, Tourism Enhancements

Pacific Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada is making investments in British Columbia to refresh community spaces, attract new visitors, and stimulate local economies

Safe and inclusive public spaces and dynamic tourism attractions are key to vibrant communities. They bring together people of all ages and abilities, supporting businesses and boosting economic vitality. Throughout the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon in British Columbia, communities are ready to welcome residents and visitors to enjoy new and improved public spaces and tourism experiences.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2.5 million in PacifiCan funding for ten projects throughout the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon. This includes $1,243,887 for four projects funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and $1,271,818 for six projects funded through the Tourism Relief Fund.

Among these projects, the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation will receive $637,500 to restore Skelton block, two significant historical buildings in the community, and create a pedestrian-friendly area with patio seating. These renovations will preserve two important landmarks and draw more visitors into the downtown core.

Projects like these help communities and businesses across British Columbia welcome visitors from near and far, improve community wellness, create jobs, and grow the local economy. Eight communities benefited from today’s announcement, including Abbotsford, Hope, Boston Bar and Chilliwack.

For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder here.

Today’s funding announcement builds on the recent opening of seven new PacifiCan offices to help British Columbians build a stronger economy. With new officers living and providing service across B.C., PacifiCan is more accessible and can better support businesses and communities.

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