Funding Announcement

Posted: March 9, 2018

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Tofino Receives Funding for Tofino Multi-Use Path Extension to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Project made possible thanks to Federal Gas Tax Fund

For Immediate Release
March 9, 2018

TOFINO B.C. – The District of Tofino has been awarded $2,276,726 from the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund for the Tofino Multi-Use Path Extension Project. The Project will connect Tofino’s existing multi-use path from its current terminus at the Cox Bay Visitor Information Centre to the northern boundary of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (PRNPR), providing a safe and continuous route to the ?apsc?iik t?as?ii (pronounced ups-cheek ta-shee) multi-use trail.

Located in the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and Yuu?u?i??at?, the ?apsc?iik t?as?ii multi-use trail is aimed at enhancing the regional trail network by providing cyclists and pedestrians a new way to experience the Park Reserve. Although the trail extends through the entirety of PRNPR, it stops short of connecting to Tofino’s multi-use path by approximately 2.5km outside of the Park Reserve boundary. The funding from the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund will allow the District of Tofino to complete the extension, connecting Tofino with PRNPR, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation communities of Esowista and Ty-Histanis and the Tofino-Long Beach Airport.

The new path will provide a safe and accessible route for pedestrians, runners and cyclists and promote non-motorized transportation in the west coast region. 

The total estimated cost of the project is $3,394,800 with $2,276,726 provided by the Federal Gas Tax Fund, $1,000,000 from Bike BC, $63,504 from Resort Municipality Initiative and $54,570 from UBCM Community Works Fund.

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.

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"Community infrastructure makes for great places to live and visit," said Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim and B.C. Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. "Finishing this path will make the Pacific Rim National Park accessible by foot and bike, which is great for Tofino. It’s through partnerships with all levels of government that we can continue making investments in communities across B.C."

Director Wendy Booth, President, Union of BC Municipalities

“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.”

Mayor Josie Osborne, District of Tofino

“Projects like these can only happen with partnerships between all levels of government.  The Tofino MUP Extension exemplifies how investment in a local infrastructure project not only enhances the quality of life for the region’s residents, but also brings benefits to visitors from across Canada and around the world.”

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Contact:
April Froment
Manager of Public Spaces, Cultural and Visitor Initiatives
District of Tofino
(250) 725-3229 ext. 613
afroment@tofino.ca

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