Sun Peaks, BC (March 9, 2018): 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.
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.
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.
“Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. 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.” - Director Wendy Booth, President, Union of BC Municipalities
“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.” - Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
"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." - Mayor Al Raine, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality
To see all of the projects funded under the current intake of the Federal Gas Tax Fund, visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2017_Project_Approvals.pdf
To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html
To view Sun Peaks Mountain Resort website visit: www.sunpeaksmunicipality.ca
About Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks is a resort community located in the interior of British Columbia. Located just 45 minutes from Kamloops, it is the second largest ski area in Canada and a year-round destination for guests in search of a welcoming, accessible, stress-free mountain experience. Consistently recognized as one of the top ski resorts in North America, thanks to its massive terrain and confidence inspiring design, Sun Peaks offers a European-style ski-in, ski-out, pedestrian village with locally-owned and operated shops, restaurants and lodging. Spring, summer and fall offers guests a wide range of leisure activities, featuring an 18-hole, par 72 Graham Cooke-designed golf course, a lift-accessed downhill mountain bike park, cross-country mountain biking, alpine hiking trails, and a year-round line up of concerts, events and festivals. Sun Peaks has been recognized for its environmental policies and practices, as the first resort in North America and the only resort in Canada to earn the ISO 14001 designation for environmental management. Sun Peaks can be accessed from airport gateways in Kamloops (45 minutes) and Kelowna (2.5 hours), and by car, with only a four-hour drive separating Sun Peaks from Vancouver, B.C.
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Chief Administrative Officer
Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality
Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality