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Pender Harbor Community School Society receives funding to upgrade school facilities in Madeira Park

Government of Canada invest through British Columbia to revitalize public spaces and develop vibrant communities

MADEIRA PARK, BC, May 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Shared public spaces are at the heart of communities across Canada. They bring people of all ages and abilities together, support businesses and boost local economies. In Madeira Parklike so many places across Canadathe community is ready to welcome residents back to vibrant and renewed public spaces.

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 $268,655 through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF) for the Pender Harbor Community School Society.

This funding will allow the Society to build a new Pender Harbor Learning Center in Madeira Park. The project will revitalize a major community facility by repurposing the existing building and installing two new modular units, complete with washrooms and accessibility features. The improved space will facilitate vital after-school programs and drop-in youth activities, as well as community workshops, resource sharing and referral services.

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 across British Columbia. We have helped put small and medium-sized businesses back 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 thrive in the future. »

The Honorable Harjit S.SajjanMinister for International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency Canada

“Creating lively and functional shared spaces is an essential step in building community engagement post-pandemic. This investment ensures that sunny coast residents of all ages will have access to a new and improved school facility to learn, work and play. It will bring people together, generate local jobs and child care, and position the community for long-term economic growth, and I look forward to seeing the impacts firsthand. »

Patrick Weillerdeputy, West Vancouversunny coast – Country from the sea to the sky

“The board and staff of the Pender Harbor Community School Society are absolutely thrilled to receive this CCRF grant for this much needed building upgrade. We are grateful for the hard work and effort that has gone into getting this project off the ground. “Our community relies on the generosity of everyone involved to make such an ambitious project a reality for present and future generations. A sincere thank you to our funders and everyone involved.”

Helga groutPresident, Pender Harbor Community School Society

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 not-for-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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