MASSET, BC — Infrastructure upgrades to boost tourism and local food production in the Haida Gwaii region are getting help from the province.
Three new infrastructure projects in the region will benefit from nearly $1 million in StrongerBC rural development grants.
The province is providing over $540,000 to the Village of Masset for upgrades to the Masset seaplane terminal and boat launch. The funding will be used to replace the existing seaplane float and boat ramp in the Port of Masset and will include the installation of a float for the nearby public boat launch.
The village will also receive $50,000 for the Masset Market Finishings project. The funding will provide interior and exterior finishes and kitchen equipment to the Masset Market, which will be the future home of a farmers’ market as well as a workshop and gallery for the artisan cooperative.
“Here in the Village of Masset, we know how important economic diversification is,” said Barry Pages, Mayor of Masset. “Thanks to this funding, our village is getting a welcome facelift that will improve the area for years to come.”
In addition, the province is contributing nearly $370,000 to Old Massett Village Council’s Year-Round Food Growing Project. The project will purchase, install and operate a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Officials say the project will help boost local food security.