Victoria, BC–- The Capital Regional District has been awarded $50,000 from the strategic priorities component of the Federal Gas Tax Fund to undertake the Salt Spring Island (SSI) and Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) Integrated Service Plan. The fund is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities in partnership with the governments of Canada and British Columbia.
The Integrated Service Plan will consolidate key aspects of existing economic development and related plans across the islands and identify priorities and implementation strategies to provide greater opportunity for a broader demographic of residents to live and work in their local communities.
“This project will prioritize key economic drivers for the islands which have the capacity to increase local employment opportunities and attract new tourism revenue,” says Wayne McIntyre, Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director. “The outcomes will provide the framework for the islands to move forward with integrated planning, development and implementation of shared priorities to enhance their economic and environmental sustainability.”
“The Integrated Service Plan will identify opportunities for transportation enhancements including inter-island passenger ferries, on-island community bus, and pedestrian and cycling trails. It will also focus on tourism–experience the Gulf Islands initiative, recreation and potential economic development opportunities,” says David Howe, Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director. “These enhancements will encourage local spending and improve economic ties between the islands, the Saanich Peninsula and the region as a whole.”
The CRD will be preparing a Request for Proposals for the next steps in the project.
Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.
Attachments: Government of Canada, British Columbia and UBCM News Release & Backgrounder
For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications