Top government grants boost municipal projects in Sooke – Saanich News

Senior governments have put a historic amount of money into the district’s pockets to fund transportation corridors, wildfire projects, sewage upgrades and homelessness programs in 2021.

“While there have been challenges over the past 12 months, there have been many successes,” Mayor Maja Tait said in the release of the Sooke District Annual Report.

According to the report, the municipality has secured more than $8 million in funding through numerous program grants.

The grants included:

• $4.6 million for the construction of wastewater and forcemains.

• $1.8 million for the Otter Point Transportation Corridor.

• $500,000 to review and update the development approval program.

• $500,000 for phase one of the Church Road Corridor Improvements.

• $500,000 for the Church Road roundabout project.

• $413,000 for the Sooke Homeless Coordination Project.

• $50,000 to help with asset management.

• $150,000 FireSmart program grant from UBCM.

Several grants support the implementation of the district’s transportation and parks and trails master plans.

Tait said the grants pave the way for future development of critical community infrastructure. The projects will be carried out through grants and according to the timelines indicated in the five-year financial plan.

Other notable municipal achievements:

• 386 residential building permits issued.

• 24 community grants awarded.

• 86 board and committee meetings held.

• 697 settlement issues handled.

• 4,309 calls for service answered by the RCMP in Sooke.

• 925 calls answered by Sooke Fire Rescue.

• Completion of the Bluffs staircase.

• Inauguration of the fenced dog park at Pond’s Park Corridor and a community gym at 2430 Phillips Rd.

• In partnership with BC Housing, construction began on 75 affordable rental units on Charters Road, 170 low-to-moderate income units on Drennan Street and 33 supportive housing units for the homeless on West Coast Road.

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Melissa C. Keyes