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Canada and British Columbia Partner to Deliver on Flood Mitigation Priority

January 24, 2012
Vancouver, British Columbia
From left to right: MP Nina Grewal, BC Minister Thomson, Minister Yelich and Mayor Banman.

From left to right: MP Nina Grewal, BC Minister Thomson, Minister Yelich and Mayor Banman.

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Twenty communities across B.C. will benefit from greater flood protection thanks to a joint investment by the governments of Canada and British Columbia.

The announcement, made today by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, on behalf of the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for British Columbia, is aimed at helping communities meet their pressing infrastructure needs, protecting families and communities’ critical infrastructure, and supporting continued economic growth.

Our Government is committed to strengthening our communities and protecting Canadians,” said Minister Yelich. “We know that by investing in flood mitigation measures, we are delivering on our commitment to provide greater safety for residents, and significant economic benefits for British Columbia.

This joint investment of over $36 million is geared toward 22 flood mitigation projects which will help communities address existing flood concerns, and take proactive steps toward preventing flooding emergencies. The initiatives range from flood protection in the Cowichan Valley, to storm water diversion in Summerland, to upgrading the Maple Pump Station in Surrey. Flood protection projects were selected from local government or dike authority applications that offered cost-effective solutions for areas at risk.

By working as partners, we’re proactively preventing flooding emergencies, rather than just responding to them,” said Minister Thomson. “These projects provide critical flood protection for the safety of the public and help protect the businesses and industries that provide jobs for British Columbians.

Federal and provincial governments provide up to two-thirds of the funding for eligible project costs, with local governments and diking authorities covering the remainder of project funding. These investments are being delivered through two important programs.

The flood mitigation funding that communities across B.C. received today is another example of our Federal and Provincial government’s ongoing commitment to ensuring communities like ours have access to the support they need,” said City of Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman. “Today’s funding will allow us to complete much needed upgrades to our Barrowtown Pump Station.

In 2008, the federal government allocated $136 million to the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund in B.C. to support local government infrastructure projects in communities with a population of less than 100,000 people. Of this funding, $25 million was specifically allocated to accommodate disaster mitigation projects selected through the Provincial Flood Protection Program. Mitigation funds are assisting communities across B.C. by providing funding for new dikes, erosion protection, pump stations, flood boxes and other structures to better protect communities from flooding.

The Provincial-Territorial Base Fund (PT Base Fund) is part of the Building Canada Plan and provides $175 million to each province and territory to address core infrastructure priorities such as water, waste water, green energy, regional and community airports, and safe roads. Of this funding, $23 million was identified for the Flood Protection Program.

Since the beginning of this partnership, federal, provincial and local governments have committed to 137 projects with a combined total value of nearly $125 million to protect communities against flood hazards throughout British Columbia.

For more information on these funding programs, visit: www.bcbuildingcanadafundcommunities.ca and www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

Media Contacts:

Jerra Byrne
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Lynne Yelich, P.C., M.P. (Blackstrap)
Minister of State - Western Economic Diversification

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Telephone: (250) 356-6961

Infrastructure Canada
Telephone: (613) 960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

Katherine Jeffcoatt
Manager, Corporate Communications & Marketing
City of Abbotsford
Cell: (604) 751-3115

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Building Canada Fund
Communities Component - Flood Mitigation

Name of Applicant / Project Title Total Eligible Cost Federal and Provincial Share
District of Summerland – Prairie Creek Stormwater Diversion Works $752,950 $501,966
District of Kent – Hammersley Pump Station Upgrade: Floodbox Contruction $495,000 $330,000
City of Vernon – Okanagan Landing Flood Protection Works $960,000 $640,000
Dewdney Area Improvement District – Hatzic - Construction of Hatzic Pump Station $4,039,500 $2,693,000
District of Squamish – Upgrade to Harris Slough Pump Station, Whitaker Slough Floodbox, and Stawamus River Dike $663,300 $442,200
District of Sparwood – Elk River Riprap Protection Works $16,500 $11,000
City of Courtenay - Tsolum River Flood Protection $707,163 $471,442
Town of Golden - Kicking Horse River Dike Upgrade $3,360,000 $2,240,000
Regional District of East Kootenay - West Fernie Dike Upgrade $2,250,000 $1,500,000
Town of Princeton - Burton Flats Dike Upgrades (Similkameen River) $315,000 $210,000
City of Prince George - River Road Dike Construction $8,163,000 $5,442,000
Cowichan Valley Regional District – Duncan - Cowichan Valley Flood Protection Phase 1 $7,750,000 $5,166,666
Village of Hazelton - Skeena River Dike Erosion Protection Upgrade $350,529 $233,686
Regional District of Okanagan – Similkameen - Eastgate Flood Protection Phase 2 $136,500 $91,000
Central Coast Regional District - Bella Coola Airport Dike Upgrade $3,450,000 $2,300,000
TOTAL AMOUNT $33,409,442 $22,272,960


Provincial-Territorial Base Fund – Flood Mitigation

Project Total Eligible Cost Federal and Provincial Share
Richmond - No.1 Road North Drainage
Pump Station Upgrade
$3,450,000 $2,300,000
Surrey - Fraser River Flood Protection
Works (Phase 2)
$7,680,000 $5,120,000
Surrey - Maple Pump Station Upgrade $1,563,000 $1,042,000
Burnaby - Fraser River Dike (Reach 1, 4, 6, 9) $5,040,000 $3,360,000
Abbotsford - Barrowtown Pump Station
Electrical and Controls System Upgrades (Phase 2)
$1,335,000 $890,000
Coquitlam - Scott Creek and Hoy Creek
Bypass Sediment Trapping Facilities
$465,000 $310,000
Richmond - Williams Road Drainage Pump Station Upgrade $1,905,000 $1,270,000
TOTAL AMOUNT $21,438,000 $14,292,000