Dec 21, 2022

Town refreshing downtown with $407,455 federal grant

The Town of Ladysmith is receiving  $407,455 in federal funding to refresh downtown amenities, supporting local businesses and economic development,  while also creating a more inclusive and welcoming gathering space for all.

The federal government is providing the funding through its Canada Community Revitalization Fund.

The Town will complete many key initiatives as a result of the funding, including:

  • ●Installation of a new Level 2 electric vehicle charging station.
  • ●Completion of two new painted crosswalks at 1st Avenue and Gatacre Street.
  • ●Updated Welcome to Ladysmith signage.
  • ●Improvements to existing heritage artifact signage.
  • ●Installation of new tourism and wayfinding signage.
  • ●Replacement of some interlocking brick paving.
  • ●Refreshing bike racks and benches.

Ladysmith Council’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan includes support for projects to expand upon our vibrant downtown’s unique sense of place.

First Avenue and the surrounding area is a destination for shopping, restaurants and many of the events that draw tens of thousands of visitors year-round - most notably during the holiday season for the Festival of Lights.

The addition of new tourism and wayfinding signage, as well as improvements to sidewalks and benches, will allow for an inviting pedestrian experience,  as you explore the streets on foot and visit many of the local sites.

The heritage revitalization improvements support the Town’s efforts to promote our community’s aesthetic appeal for BC’s film industry as well as other potential key economic investment opportunities.

Furthermore, many of the projects specific to sustainable modes of transportation align with the draft Official Community Plan policies for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Watch the Town’s website and social media in 2023 for more updates on these and other projects.

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For more information:

Mike Gregory
Communications and Engagement Specialist | 250.210.1740