PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — Federal Gas Tax Funding is having a major positive impact on Prince Rupert’s infrastructure.
Officials noted that the city has been able to fund two new major projects, a high-efficiency boiler system for the recreation complex and a new landfill leachate lagoon.
The projects received over $500,000, which were part of planned capital improvements in the 2020 budget.
“The city is grateful for the Gas Tax funds that we receive each year, which have contributed to countless infrastructure improvements throughout the community,” said Mayor Lee Brain in a press release.
The city’s current landfill is almost at capacity, with the recent expansion of the West Berm being done to intake waste in the interim while a new cell is built. As part of that work, a leachate lagoon also began construction in 2020. Leachate, liquid produced from waste, is collected and settles in the pond and is treated before it is discharged.
The recreation complex’s new boiler system upgrades the building’s efficiency by as much as 18 and 25 per cent, officials anticipate.
“The Landfill Lagoon Project and boiler upgrades in Prince Rupert are great examples of community-led projects that will help build a stronger B.C,” said Josie Osborne, minister of municipal affairs. “Together with the federal government, the province is proud to invest in community infrastructure that improves the services people expect and depend on.”
The Federal Gas Tax Fund delivers funding to municipalities for local government infrastructure and capacity building projects throughout B.C. It is overseen by the Union of BC Municipalities.