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Infrastructure Canada - Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB)

 
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2021

Both the Town of Osoyoos and The Town of Oliver have partnered with the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) in support of an application by the OIB to the GICB fund.
 
The Osoyoos Indian Band has been in discussions with Stantec Architecture and Wintersport regarding the feasibility of constructing a multi-pad National Indigenous Hockey Legacy Initiative (NIHL) arena in the Oliver/Osoyoos area.
 
The GICB Fund provides up to 100% funding for new facilities that are accessible to the public, including new recreational facilities. Existing arenas in the region are aged and no longer considered energy efficient and will require significant capital and operational investments to become sustainable now and in the future.
 
“The Osoyoos Indian Band appreciates any opportunity to collaborate with our neighboring Municipalities for the betterment of the region. Organized sport, exercise and active lifestyle amenities are crucial to our collective goal of maintaining healthy communities.” – Mike Campol, COO, Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp.
 
“The Town of Oliver is pleased to be collaborating with the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Town of Osoyoos in the pursuit of a multi-pad arena for the South Okanagan. This is a tremendous opportunity to provide the infrastructure to meet future recreational needs in a cost effective manner.” – Mayor Martin Johansen, Town of Oliver
 
“The opportunity to collaborate with the Osoyoos Indian Band and Town of Oliver in this regional initiative underscores our commitment to finding sustainable, cost-effective solutions to the provision of community amenities that serve all our communities and their residents” said Osoyoos’ Mayor Sue McKortoff.
 
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For more information contact:
Mike Campol, COO Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation  mcampol@oib.ca
(250)689-2115
 

Background



The Infrastructure Canada Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program aims to build more community buildings and improve existing ones – in particular in areas with populations experiencing higher needs –
while also making the buildings more energy efficient, lower carbon, more resilient, and higher performing. This five-year $1.5 billion program will support green and accessible retrofits, repairs or
upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings that serve high-needs, underserved communities across Canada.
 
National Indigenous Hockey Legacy Initiative
In Canada, 70% of our 3,000+ arenas are currently operating past their lifespan. Many of these have annual operating deficits in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Municipalities and Indigenous communities struggle to provide enough available ice time to allow people—young and old—to pursue hockey and other ice sports. The NIHL presents the opportunity to construct and operate sustainable arenas, not just for Indigenous communities, but to serve surrounding municipalities, helping to address the lack of access to ice facing most Canadian communities.
 

Event date: 
Monday, 12 July, 2021
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and future residents of Osoyoos, in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

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