Tofino Gets Funding to Upgrade the Barr's Mountain Reservoir
Project approved under Canada's Small Communities Fund
June 26, 2015 – Tofino, British Columbia – Infrastructure Canada
Residents of Tofino will benefit from upgrades to the Barr's Mountain Reservoir thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund.
Tofino will replace the existing Barr's Mountain treated water reservoir with a larger reservoir to better meet the fire protection and emergency water storage needs of the community. The community ran out of water in the summer of 2006. The larger and more earthquake resistant reservoir will help ensure that area businesses and residents have access to adequate water supplies to meet their current and future needs.
The project announced today is among those recently approved in British Columbia that will collectively receive more than $42 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund. These projects represent important investments in municipal infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development.
Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province that have fewer than 100,000 residents. These investments support job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across British Columbia for years to come.
The Government of Canada will provide up to $388,430 through the Small Communities Fund for the Barr's Mountain Reservoir project.
The Province of British Columbia will contribute $388,430 to this project.
Tofino will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.
The total estimated cost for this project is $1,165,291.
Of the 21 projects approved for funding in British Columbia so far, 11 are drinking water projects, nine are wastewater projects, and one is a brownfield remediation project. Additional projects are under review and could also soon be approved.
"We are proud to invest in projects like upgrading the Barr's Mountain Reservoir in Tofino that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure. Our Government's commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund, we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of British Columbia's residents while helping create jobs and economic growth."
- The Honourable John Duncan Minister of State, Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North
"The expansion of the Barr's Mountain Reservoir will help mitigate the water shortages that Tofino has sometimes experienced in the past. Providing an adequate supply of good clean water now and into the future to both serve and protect Tofino's growing population is exactly the sort of project that this Small Communities Fund is designed to support. Of course, this project will not only support Tofino's residents but also Tofino's thriving tourism industry."
- The Honourable Coralee Oakes Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
"Increasing Tofino's water storage capacity at Barr's Mountain is a critical step in building infrastructure that protects our growing community's firefighting needs and drinking water supply. This project is an excellent example of a working relationship between three levels of government to meet the infrastructure needs of residents, businesses and industry in Tofino."
Vincent Rabault Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec 613-943-1838
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Communications 250-953-3677