For Immediate Release
Oct. 1, 2010
Office of the Premier
B.C. TO BUILD ON OLYMPIC MOMENTUM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
WHISTLER – The Province will build on B.C.’s Olympic momentum with the next phase of a capital vision that began in 2002 and a strategy that focuses on smart growth and smart communities, Premier Gordon Campbell announced at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.
“The Olympics united all British Columbians and showed us that we can exceed all expectations when we work together,” said Premier Campbell. “We will create smart, clean, safe and vibrant communities that are designed to meet the needs of families in the 21st century and build on the vision and investments we have made in British Columbia.”
The Premier announced the next phase of the Province’s capital vision that began in 2002 with projects such as upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway through the Kicking Horse Canyon, William R. Bennett Bridge, the Port of Prince Rupert and Sea-to-Sky Highway. Partnerships BC will cost out and develop a plan for the next phase of the capital vision, which will include:
· Extending SkyTrain through Surrey to Langley.
· RapidBus service to Chilliwack.
· Extending rapid transit to the University of British Columbia.
· Expanding RapidBus service from Kelowna to West Kelowna and in Greater Victoria.
· Expanding public transit options in regional centres like Prince George, Kamloops Nanaimo and Courtenay-Comox.
· Fast-tracking the Cariboo Connector.
· Expediting major improvements to other portions of Highways 97, 16, 3 and the Trans-Canada Highway.
· The Province will develop a practical and cost-effective program that will help stop the unabated decommissioning of resource roads so citizens can continue to safely use them as links to the backcountry.
· The Province will provide additional financing for cycling paths and sidewalks.
Premier Campbell also announced new support for communities, tourism, culture, parks, natural resource industries and initiatives that will build on the Province’s Olympic momentum.
· To commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of B.C.’s park system, expanded interpretive programs in key provincial parks will make parks places of learning and discovery.
· The Province will join with communities and First Nations along the Fraser River from Hope to the Salish Sea to develop trail projects and create a seamless park-like corridor on both sides of the river as part of the Experience the Fraser project.
· Communities hosting future BC Winter Games and BC Summer Games will receive $1 million to build sporting and cultural legacies in their communities.
· Launching a new multi-year commitment to marketing British Columbia that will be unprecedented in its size, scope and consistency. The campaign will be integrated, focused and well-funded. It will showcase British Columbia and attract new visitors, investors and customers.
· The Province will extend the Additional Hotel Room Tax program beyond June 30, 2011.
· The Province will commission a trio of totem poles to be erected on the lawns of the legislature that will stand as a permanent tribute to all Olympic partners – volunteers, athletes, the Four Host First Nations, artists, the federal government, local governments and all British Columbians.
· The three Beetle Action Coalitions will each receive $1 million a year in additional funding.
· The Premier expressed his full support for moving forward with the Prosperity Mine Project in the South Cariboo.
· The Province will establish a new Volunteer Support Network and Social Innovation Forum to help bring the creativity of B.C.’s exceptional volunteers to solving some of our most vexing community problems - from homelessness to addiction services to literacy enhancement.
“Working together we will enhance and market the advantages that exist in our communities and across our province,” said Premier Campbell. “We will build on a vision to create a better province that will provide unlimited opportunities for British Columbians today and tomorrow.”
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
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