Harper Government supports economic development at Tsawwassen First Nation

Development of Tsawwassen First Nation's Industrial Park could generate 1,300 jobs and spin-off businesses

TSAWWASSEN, BC, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced $1.7 million in funding to support the construction of a drainage pump station at Tsawwassen First Nation's (TFN) industrial park.

Through the development of the 135 hectare industrial park (Tsawwassen Gateway Logistics Centre), TFN has the potential to create approximately 1,300 construction jobs and 10 new spin-off businesses over the next three years. 

Quick Facts

  • On April 3, 2009, Tsawwassen First Nation became a Treaty First Nation under the terms of the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement.  
  • Tsawwassen First Nation launched Tsawwassen Gateway Logistics Centre on June 21, 2010.
  • The Government's funding is from the Community Opportunity Readiness Program, which provides project-based funding to First Nation and Inuit communities for a range of activities to support communities' pursuit of economic opportunities and leverage private sector resources necessary to realize the full potential of these opportunities.

Quotes

"Improving the lives of Aboriginal people and their families is one of our Government's priorities. That is why we are proud to invest in projects like this one at Tsawwassen First Nation. Our Government is delivering results for Canadians and supporting measures that will help create jobs and opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Bernard Valcourt
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

"I would like to commend the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) for their leadership in creating a sustainable economy for their community and its members. Through the development of its industrial park, TFN will generate revenues and create jobs and business opportunities not only for its members, but the local economy."

Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay
PC, QC, MP
Minister of National Revenue

"TFN is very pleased to be the recipient of a grant under the Community Opportunity Readiness Program.  This program is intended to help communities prepare for economic development on Tsawwassen Lands.  TFN is investing over $100 million into the necessary servicing infrastructure to support our Land Use Plan, including sustainable development of commercial, residential, and industrial properties, as we build our revenue base to support a culturally, economically, and socially healthy community.  This contribution of $1.7 million demonstrates Canada's commitment to support partnerships between First Nations and private sector investment, which is key to Canada's continued growth and prosperity."

Bryce Williams
Chief, Tsawwassen First Nation

Associated Links

TFN Economic Development Corporation 
Community Opportunity Readiness 
Tsawwassen First Nation Web Page 

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SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

For further information: Emily Hillstrom, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 819-953-1160


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