News Release: Funding to Improve Haida Gwaii Street Lighting

Port Clements, British Columbia – Sodium streetlights will be replaced with new LED streetlights in the Village of Port Clements and in other communities across Haida Gwaii thanks to nearly $630,000 received from the Government of Canada through the Gas Tax Fund transfer.

“Our Government is pleased to invest in this initiative to conserve energy and protect the environment in Haida Gwaii,” said the Honourable James Moore, Minister Responsible for British Columbia. “Support for local infrastructure improvements is part of our plan to create jobs, promote economic growth and ensure long-term prosperity in communities all across Canada.”

The majority of electricity on Haida Gwaii is diesel generated. The project will consist of replacing sodium lights with energy-efficient LED lights in the villages of Port Clements, Masset, Queen Charlotte and Skidegate. This new lighting will dramatically reduce energy consumption and resulting GHG emissions.

“I am very excited about the announcement for the project,” said Port Clements Mayor, Wally Cheer. “All Island communities are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and the conversion from sodium to LED lighting is a major step towards meeting that goal.I want to thank all those involved who worked hard to make the proposal a reality.”

“The environment is one of our greatest assets in British Columbia and we must take measures to protect it,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “This lighting project in Haida Gwaii, which will reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions, is a fine example of tax dollars at work and precisely the kind of project that will help ensure B.C. is on track.”

“Updated infrastructure helps communities drive down operational costs,” declared Union of British Columbia Municipalities President, Mary Sjostrom. “I appreciate the funding the federal government is providing through the Gas Tax Fund to support this project.”

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in infrastructure. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, municipalities across the country have received over $10 billion in transfers for local priority initiatives. Making this fund permanent at $2billion annually was part of Canada's Economic Action Plan – a plan to help create good jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.

Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, growth and prosperity, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For more information:

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Kim Mushynsky
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Port Clement
250-557-4295

Matt Gordon
Communications Director
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250-953-3677

Paul Taylor
Relationships and Communications Advisor
UBCM
250-356-2938

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

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