Published On: Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Feds, Streaming & eGrants | Island Update

  • Province-Wide
    • The Federal Government has announced its Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which expects to support 1,800 projects across the country. British Columbia’s funding will be delivered through Western Economic Diversification. For more information on what’s available to your community visit them here.
    • Canadian businesses now have access to business development opportunities with tier 1 and 2 suppliers working on the Marcellus Shale Gas Reserve. This access has been enabled by a report commissioned by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Servicein New York, and was produced by Rainmaker Global Business Development.
  • Qualicum
    • Town council meetings will soon be available on demand to the public through a new online service. Staff has recommended that council approve using US-based Granicus, a company focused on providing cloud technology services for government. Upfront costs would be approximately $4,700 + $300/month ongoing.
  • Courtenay
    • Homeowners now have online access to Home Owner Grant applications for the upcoming property tax season.
  • Port Alberni
    • Rainbow Gardens, a seniors home owned by the Wests Coast Native Health Care Society, has been in conversation with city council over the potential purchase of a public park in West Porte Place that would enable the Gardens to expand. Currently the facility employs 30 people. The purchase price discussed has been in the $160k range.
  • Tofino
    • Residents and visitors will soon have access to additional paved parking spots thanks to a Right of Way agreement with Telus. The new $35,000, 5 spot lot will be located at 171 Second Street, and will be funded in part through a donation from Telus and an allocation from the district’s parking in lieu fund.