The City of Victoria receives funding to upgrade the streetscape of Government Street North in downtown Victoria

The government of Canada recognizes that many beloved spaces have stood idle while Canadians have taken precautions to stay safe. Upgrading existing community infrastructure and building new public assets will help Canadian cities provide better access to programs and recreational facilities while boosting their economic vitality.

Today, the Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced an investment of $750,000 through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRFC) to City of Victoria.

This funding supports the revitalization of a key downtown transportation route, attracting more tourists, visitors and new businesses to from Victoria emerging arts and innovation district. The project includes the installation of protected cycle lanes, crosswalks, traffic signals, public seating, artwork and landscaping along Government Street from Pandora Avenue to Gorge Road. This investment will support the development of connected mixed-use neighborhoods and provide safer transportation options for residents and families.

The CCRF was launched in June 2021. It is to provide $500 million over two years for from Canada regional development agencies (RDA) to invest in projects that build and improve community infrastructure. The government of Canada is committed to rejuvenating public spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians.


“This initiative demonstrates that the Government of from Canada commitment to supporting economic development in communities through British Columbia. We have helped put small and medium-sized businesses on the road to recovery. Now is the time to invest in the shared public spaces that will bring people together safely and help communities grow and prosper into the future. »
The Honorable Harjit S.SajjanMinister for International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency Canada

“We so appreciate the federal government’s investment, through PacifiCan, in the city’s arts and innovation district. This project has transformed Government Street, delivered significant improvements in road safety, asset renewal and site development, which is strengthening our economy and increasing our resilience as a capital. town.”
Lisa helpsmayor, City of Victoria

Fast facts

  • CRFC funding supports two main streams of activities so that communities can:
    • adapt community spaces and assets so they can be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines, and/or
    • build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage and explore their communities and regions.
  • Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations; rural, municipal or regional governments; indigenous groups and communities; and public sector bodies that provide municipal-type infrastructure.
  • Priority may be given to projects that encourage the participation of underrepresented groups and take into account the unique challenges of rural and remote communities.

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SOURCE Pacific Economic Development Canada

For further information: Haley Hodgson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development, [email protected]; Ben Letts, Director of Communications, Pacific Economic Development Canada, [email protected]; Toll Free: 1-888-338-9378, TTY (Telecommunications Device for the Hearing Impaired): 1-877-303-3388

Melissa C. Keyes