On Monday, June 28, 2021, Mayor Jonathan X. Cote, along with representatives from federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government, announced funding for local infrastructure in Metro Vancouver.
Among these projects, the City of New Westminster will create a forested area by rehabilitating one hectare of land back to its natural state. Approximately 2,200 trees will be planted, and new irrigation, signage and fencing will be installed. This shovel-ready project will contribute to the city’s target of having 27% canopy cover and help support economic recovery.
Press release from Infrastructure Canada:
The governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to invest in infrastructure during this extraordinary time to enhance peoples’ quality of life, meet the needs of communities, and support local economies to continue to address the impacts of COVID-19.
Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, His Worship Jonathan Cote, Mayor of New Westminster and His Worship Mike Morden, Mayor of Maple Ridge announced funding for local infrastructure in Metro Vancouver. They were accompanied by Aman Singh, Member of the B.C. Legislature for Richmond-Queensborough.
These infrastructure projects will bring a multitude of various benefits to communities and people, including improving users’ safety, responding to a growing demand for enhanced recreational facilities, and fulfilling operational needs to meet COVID-19 requirements.