Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality has received Federal Gas Tax Funding to expand and enhance the existing sport centre. The improved facility will include a multi-purpose indoor facility capable of hosting up to 3,000 participants, enabling the community to host concerts, large sporting and recreational events, as well as corporate/association trade shows from May to November. These activities will significantly address the seasonality challenges facing the Sun Peaks community today. It will enhance and increase year round employment and encourage further growth in the community. The centre will also provide facilities for Sun Peaks’ growing residential community and residents of the Thompson region. The Sun Peaks Centre will be a big step towards a stronger local economy and sustainable year round community.
“Improvements to local infrastructure are so important. They make our communities even better places to live,” said Selina Robinson, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are pleased to partner with local governments and the federal government to improve the daily lives of British Columbians.”
The Federal Gas Tax Fund will provide $6,000,000 toward the estimated construction value of $7,180,000. The Sun Peaks community has already committed $1.85 Million in the ice making plant, rink and land purchase.
“Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. Director Wendy Booth, President, Union of BC Municipalities states. “The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s long term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”
Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality’s Mayor, Al Raine, expressed, “for the residents of Sun Peaks, this is an important turning point. Our goal is to make Sun Peaks a strong summer and off season resort and this project gives us the tools to succeed.”
Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.