Savona Dock and Boat Launch Upgrade Complete

Project possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

May 22, 2015 – Sanova, British Columbia– Infrastructure Canada

Residents of Savona, along with representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, today celebrated the grand opening of the community’s renewed park dock and boat launch.

The boat launch is one of a limited number of public boat accesses to Kamloops Lake. Tourism is a major economic driver in Savona and the new dock and boat launch are vital components in maintaining the community’s economy and links to the region.

This project was made possible thanks to a contribution of $170,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund, $35,729 from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and $13,000 from the Savona Community Association. The total cost of the project was $218,729.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada provides $253,276,892 in annual funding for municipal infrastructure in British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.
  • Since 2006, the federal Gas Tax Fund has made approximately $10.4 million available to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
  • The Savona Community Association operates and maintains the Savona Lakeshore Park, where the dock and boat launch are located.

Quotes

“Recreational amenities support active, healthy lifestyles and they are important community assets which bring residents together. Our Government is proud to have supported this improvement project, which will help residents and visitors reach Kamloops Lake safely. Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, we continue to deliver long-term infrastructure funding to municipalities for their local priorities, as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada.”

Cathy McLeod
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and for Western Economic Diversification and
Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

“With British Columbia’s beautiful natural surroundings and spectacular weather, water activities are a popular choice for both residents and visitors. I would like to acknowledge the generous financial support we have received from the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the Savona Community Association for the renewal of this dock and boat launch which protects an important asset in the community.”

Todd Stone
MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson

“This is an excellent example of co-operation between all levels of government and the Savona Community Association to create public infrastructure. The refurbished boat launch provides much-needed access to Kamloops Lake for all the boating public and visitors and promotes the increased use of the lake as well as the scenic Savona Community Park.”

John Ranta
Chair
Thompson-Nicola Regional District

“The federal Gas Tax Fund is providing investments that address the diverse needs and interests of B.C. communities. I am pleased to see the improvement of recreational and tourist amenities for the residents of Savona through this upgrade to Savona’s dock and boat launch.”

Sav Dhaliwal
UBCM President

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Contacts

Michele-Jamali Paquette
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-943-1838

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Communications
250-356-6334

Sukh Gill
Chief Administrative Officer
Thompson-Nicola Regional District
250-377-8673

Paul Taylor
Director of Communications
UBCM
250-356-2938

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll-free 1-877-250-7154
Email: media@infc.gc.ca
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Website: Infrastructure Canada