Columbia Basin Trust

Whether they’re enabling the public to use electric cars or promoting clean energy, eight projects are helping Columbia Basin communities become more climate-resilient, with support from Columbia Basin Trust.

“People, groups and communities throughout the region are committed to becoming more climate resilient, and we’re here to support their efforts,” said Katie Kendall, Senior Manager, Special Initiatives, Columbia Basin Trust. “These projects focus on actions in anticipation of, and in response to events, trends or opportunities related to climate change.”

People in the Columbia Basin have expressed that they want to be able to access healthy, locally grown food. Nineteen projects will make this even more possible, supported with over $980,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Food Access and Recovery Grants.

When it comes to handling emergency situations—such as the wildfires, floods and heat waves experienced in 2021—it’s best to be prepared. That’s why Columbia Basin Trust is supporting 13 rural and First Nations communities in the Columbia Basin to set up locations where people can gather during emergencies and disasters.

It doesn’t get much more local than knowing the name of the person who grows your produce or raises your poultry or beef, and Fernie’s new food store is making that connection for customers.

People looking for ways to enjoy the Columbia Basin’s great outdoors will soon have even better options thanks to upcoming projects focused on activities like building new trails, enhancing existing ones or strengthening amenities and trailhead facilities. Columbia Basin Trust is supporting 22 new trail improvement projects in 18 Basin communities.

In the last year, community groups across the Basin undertook 25 new projects that rehabilitate, enhance or develop recreational trails.

Columbia Basin Trust is pleased to welcome Betty Anne Marino to its Board of Directors. Marino, a nominee of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, joins the Board effective January 1, 2022 and will succeed Murray McConnachie whose term comes to an end on December 31, 2021.

Forty-nine. For a small community like Fernie, 49 new affordable places to live is a significant number. “I’m hoping it will fill a lot of the need,” says Gayle Vallance, President of the Fernie Family Housing Society, which is leading the development.

With move-in anticipated for spring 2022, North End Court will include a 35-unit apartment building and 14-unit townhouse complex. Located near schools and the hospital, these will offer a range of sizes, from one to three bedrooms, geared for families, seniors and individuals with low to moderate incomes.

Funding of $7.6 million has been secured to expand Columbia Basin Trust’s regional fibre optic network between Fruitvale and Nelson and between Kimberley and Wasa. Permitting and other pre-construction work on the projects will start soon, with support from federal, provincial and regional partners.

As the Columbia Basin Trust and partner FestivalSeekers moves into the last ten days of the popular #BuyBasin Festival, Fernie businesses are among the more than 100 businesses and performers taking the social media ‘stage’ showcasing the diversity and range of products and services we are so lucky to access in this region.