The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has been awarded $1,578,245 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund to support two strategic projects: the asset management investment plan, and the organic waste system upgrade. This grant increases RMOW capacity for new resource administration technology, and increased composter operations efficiency.
The RMOW will invest $88,000 to develop processes that will improve our asset management planning. As municipal infrastructure costs are high and the time frame long, local governments need to plan ahead for continued service delivery. The new federal funding will enable RMOW to further our long term asset management planning.
The RMOW will also invest $1,490,245 to increase the scale of operations at Whistler Composter. This facility processes all of the biosolids produced at Whistler’s wastewater treatment plant, as well as biosolids from other neighbouring municipalities. The compost system processes biosolids and woodchips into a safe soil amendment that is available for local landscapers and homeowners to use in their gardens. With the growing number of people visiting Whistler, the composter capacity is being stretched. The funding of for the Composter Capacity Upgrade will increase the amount of biosolids that can be treated at the compost facility to meet this growing demand.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden welcomes this Federal funding. “Partnerships are key to accomplishing our regional goals, and progress on these two projects is important to our strategic planning and is evidence of the RMOW’s collaborative relationships. I would like the thank our Member of Parliament Pamela Goldsmith-Jones for her continued work on behalf of Whistler and the Government of Canada for investing in our community.”
Director Wendy Booth, UBCM president said: “Communities across BC are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s long-term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”
Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
The Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, said: “Improvements to local infrastructure are so important, because they make our communities even better places to live. We are pleased to partner with local governments and the federal government to improve the daily lives of British Columbians.”
To see all projects funded through the current intake, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/16553