Canada and BC invest in green infrastructure projects
The Government of Canada is investing over $1.7 million and the Government of British Columbia is contributing over $1.1 million for construction of a new passive-house-certified building in Castlegar, and construction of a biomass energy centre in the District of Sicamous.
The Castlegar hub will serve as a “hub of tourism and economic development,” and will include a co-working and collective space for community events, gatherings and tech charging stations, and will be accessible for public use.
The biomass centre will provide thermal heat to several buildings in the District of Sicamous. In addition to generating more clean energy, the project will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions throughout the District.
“Investing in cleaner infrastructure is key to our economic recovery and tackling climate change,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister, Infrastructure and Communities. “Innovative projects, like the new passive-house-certified building in Castlegar and the Sicamous community biomass energy centre, will support community development, save money, create jobs and help protect the environment by improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates good jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”