Victoria, BC –- Today the Capital Regional District (CRD) celebrated the official ground-breaking of the new Salt Spring Island (SSI) Public Library building.
The new SSI library was funded by a $4.55 million grant from the Canada- British Columbia Building Canada Fund; $250,000 was also raised by the community to help cover the cost of land acquisition.
“Our Government is proud to have been able to create jobs and economic activity here on Salt Spring Island,” said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “I look forward to seeing residents taking full advantage of the upgraded and expanded public library facilities.”
“So many people have been working tirelessly to make this new library happen and our government is happy to be part of a project so worthwhile for Salt Spring Island families,”said Saanich North and the Islands MLA Murray Coell.
“I am pleased to see this project begin construction,” said CRD Salt Spring Island Director Garth Hendren. “The new library will serve as a community hub for island residents for decades to come.”
A library referendum, in December 2009, passed by 78% to support borrowing by the community to contribute the remaining funding needed for the project.
“The Library Building Project has been many years in the making,” said Duncan Hepburn, Chair of the Library Board Building Committee. “It is the culmination of countless volunteer hours by both the Building Committee and the Library Association Board working together with the CRD.”
During construction, the current library has relocated temporarily to 118 Jackson Road, effective July 2011. Construction is anticipated to continue for 16 months.
The new two story building will have 12,500 square feet of floor space and be built to equivalent LEED Gold Sustainability standards. The complex will house the library, a broad range of services and meeting rooms and the Salt Spring Island Historical Society Archives. The construction contract was awarded to Knappett Projects Inc. in the amount of $5.48 million.
The Canada-British Columbia Building Canada Fund – Communities Component is a federal-provincial program that addresses the unique infrastructure needs of both rural and urban communities with populations of less than 100,000. Program funding is contingent on the successful completion of a federal Environmental Assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
Through this unprecedented Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Federal Government is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada supports a stronger, safer and better country.
Since October 2008, over $5.6 billion has been committed by the province to over 900 infrastructure projects in British Columbia, which are estimated to create more than 36,000 jobs over the life of the projects.
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For further information please contact:
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
Government Caucus of British Columbia
Senior Manager CRD Corporate Communications