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NEWS RELEASE · 23rd February 2011
Minister of State
Skeena-Bulkley Valley Region Benefits from West Coast Community Adjustment Program Investments

Today the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for four projects in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley region to enhance the viability of existing tourism operations.

"Our Government understands the value of fostering new economic opportunities in our communities," said Minister Yelich. "With our investment in these projects, we will improve tourism, attract investment, and create jobs in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley region."

The projects announced today range in scope, from the development of a 10 kilometre wilderness trail to the restoration of an historic museum. They share common goals of creating immediate jobs and ensuring that local economies are strong and diversified.

Federal funding of $593,000 is provided through the West Coast Community Adjustment Program (WestCCAP).

"The goal of Community Futures is to assist communities to maximize the economic benefits and diversification opportunities that support long-term economic sustainability in regional communities," said Cathy Robertson, Chairperson of the Fisheries Legacy Trust. "We are pleased to partner with the federal government and other community partners through programs such as WestCCAP, which provides resources to assist in achieving this goal."

The West Coast Community Adjustment Program will provide more than $7 million to support economic growth, job creation and the future sustainability of B.C. 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.

MORE DETAILS ON THE PROGRAMS

On February 23, 2011, the Government of Canada announced funding of $593,000 towards four projects located throughout the Skeena-Bulkley valley region.

Port Edward Historical Society is receiving $250,000 to restore and stabilize the Main Canning Building at the Historic Fishing Village Museum, which is a national monument to B.C.'s West Coast fishing industry and a key tourism attraction. Funding will go towards the replacement of 187 of 584 piles that support the building.

Metlakatla Development Corporation is receiving $245,000 to develop a 10 km wilderness trail that will run along the shore of the northern boundary of Indian Reserve #2. This wilderness project will create a unique north coast tourism experience for visitors wanting to explore the local region.

Bella Coola Harbour Authority is receiving $78,000 to expand the boat launch and install a finger float to help alleviate the current congestion at the main wharf and help improve safety - particularly when launching or trailering a boat during rough and windy conditions.

Queen Charlotte's Visitor's Centre is receiving $20,000 to install a Saltwater Aquarium inside the Visitor Centre and create an Interpretive Garden featuring indigenous coastal plant species.

The West Coast Community Adjustment Program will provide more than $7 million to support economic growth, job creation and the future sustainability of B.C. 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.

A stronger West. A stronger Canada.