Grants and Funding Received by the Township

The Township of Langley regularly applies for grants and external funding, typically from senior government, to complement the great work already underway in the municipality.

Grants provide the Township valuable resources to carry out new projects or services in addition those set out in the annual Operating and Capital Budget.

The following are grants recently received by the Township. Jump to grants received in 2020 and 2019.

2021

Local Government Development Approvals Program

Funding partner: The Province of British Columbia via Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Value: $500,000

Awarded: September 2021

The Local Government Development Approvals Program funding will help the Township digitize the development application process for a more efficient and innovative experience.

The Township of Langley is pleased to receive $500,000 of Local Government Development Approvals Program grant funding from the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs, administered through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. The funding will support the Township’s transition to an online development application process.

In March 2019, a Mayor’s Standing Committee was established to review, and identify opportunities to improve, the Township’s development approval process. The Committee, with assistance from municipal staff and Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies Program, worked to examine and make recommendations to improve the current system. In July 2020, the Committee’s Development Management Process Review Report found improvements could be made when it came to resources for staff, streamlined processes, updated policies, and a focus on innovation.

The Local Government Development Approvals Program funding will help the Township act on some of the suggested improvements outlined in the report. Via new software, the development application process will move to an online system. Applicants and staff will benefit from digital submission and payment tools, workflow and application status updates, and the ability to respond to requests for additional information through the software.

“Introducing a digital system for development applications will streamline the process and improve the efficiencies of the development process for staff and applicants alike,” said Ramin Seifi, General Manager, Engineering and Community Development. “Finding new techniques to increase efficiency and facilitate better communication helps us move toward more innovative community planning and development work overall.”

The Township of Langley is one of 43 local governments to receive funding through the provincial Local Government Development Approvals Program.

To learn more about the program, read the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ Province supports local governments to streamline housing approvals news release.

Strengthening Communities’ Services Program

Funding partner: Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia via Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Value: $2,500,000

Awarded: August 2021

The Strengthening Communities’ Services Program aims to address challenges, exacerbated by COVID-19, faced by some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

The Township has received $2,500,000 of one-time funding through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities 2021 Strengthening Communities Services Program. The funding, provided by the Province of BC and the Government of Canada, will enable the Township to undertake temporary action over a one-year period in support of services for people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.

The Township will allocate the grant funding toward several initiatives, including enhanced outreach and support services for people experiencing homelessness (delivered by the non-profit sector), increased resources and distributable supplies for Bylaw Enforcement, development of a multi-sectoral working group and public engagement strategies, as well as internal training and administration.

While local governments do not have the mandate or resources to provide services for people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness, this grant provides the ability to improve the health and safety of at-risk populations and the greater community, increase coordination between service delivery agencies and clients, and facilitate culturally-safe support and trauma-informed response for diverse community members. The Strengthening Communities Services Program funding will provide full coverage for the cost of eligible actions.

The Strengthening Communities’ Services Program aims to address challenges, exacerbated by COVID-19, faced by some of the most vulnerable members of the community. Under the Safe Restart Agreement, the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are providing $540 million in shared funding to local governments, with $100 million dedicated to Strengthening Communities’ Services Program.

Visit the UBCM Strengthening Communities' Services webpage for more information.

Road, Cycling, and Pedestrian Improvements

Funding partner: TransLink

Value: $2,996,900

Awarded: July 2021

With contributions from TransLink’s Municipal Funding Program (MFP), the Township of Langley will upgrade multi-use pathways, cycling paths, and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the municipality. In 2021, four capital projects received MFP funding, in addition to allocated funding through the municipal budget.

96 Avenue Connector

The 96 Avenue Connector will construct a multi-use pathway on 96 Avenue from Telegraph Trail to 201 Street. This pathway will further link to the existing multi-use pathway on Golden Ears Way in Surrey via existing bike lanes on Telegraph Trail. The completion of both the 201 Street Connector and the 96 Avenue Connector will provide cycling connections to the Golden Ears Bridge, Trans-Canada Trail, Derby Reach Regional Park, Fort Langley, and Surrey, suitable for all ages and abilities. This project is anticipated to commence in 2022. The 2021 MFP contribution from TransLink for this project is $469,000. Previous investments from TransLink include funding from the Bicycle Infrastructure Capital Cost Share program.

96 Avenue Sidewalk (Phase 2)

The second phase of the 96 Avenue Sidewalk project will create new sidewalks on both sides of 96 Avenue between Trattle Street and Edal Street, connecting existing sidewalks constructed during the first phase of the project. The sidewalks will provide safe pedestrian infrastructure to a busy commercial area in Fort Langley. This project is currently under construction. The 2021 MFP contribution from TransLink for this project is $169,000; as well as previous funding through TransLink’s Walking Infrastructure to Transit program.

Fraser Highway Widening and Intersection Improvements (24600 – 25000 Block)

This project will help alleviate traffic congestion, improve the intersection of 248 Street and Fraser Highway, and create a separated multi-use pathway that will be safer for pedestrians and cyclists. This project is tentatively scheduled to commence in fall 2021. The 2021 MFP contribution from TransLink for this project is $2,345,650. This is the fourth year of funding from TransLink.

Pedestrian Bridge at 56 Avenue and 216 Street

The pedestrian bridge at the southwest corner of 56 Avenue and 216 Street will undergo several upgrades, including:

  • Lifting the bridge off the existing supports and having the walking surface re-decked
  • Replacing the bridge supports and anchoring them in the sides of the ditch slope
  • Rebuilding the approaches to the crossing and resetting bridge onto supports.

This project is scheduled to commence the week of August 23, 2021. The 2021 MFP contribution from TransLink for this project is $13,250.

Learn more about Municipal Funding Projects from TransLink.

W.C. Blair Recreation Centre ExpansionW.C. Blair Recreation Centre Expansion

Funding partner: Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia

Value: $2,043,463

Awarded: June 2021

This grant funding will accommodate pandemic protocols and community needs by increasing capacity and improving service at W.C. Blair Recreation Centre.

The Township of Langley is pleased to announce federal and provincial funding toward the expansion and renovation of W.C. Blair Recreation Centre.

The total contribution will result in $1,634,770 in federal funding and $408,693 in provincial funding to accommodate pandemic protocols and community needs by increasing capacity and improving service through an expansion of the fitness area, and a number of facility improvements including flooring, plumbing, electrical and mechanical system upgrades.

This project is made possible by the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – COVID-19 Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Read the full release from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs: Canada and British Columbia investments in local infrastructure help build community connections for people in Surrey and the Fraser Valley Region.

Read the news release from the Township of Langley.

Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program (Stream 1)

Funding partner: The Province of British Columbia via Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Value: $25,000

Awarded: May 2021

The Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program grant funding will be used to support the development of a strategic plan for the Langley Poverty Reduction Task Group. The grant funding will also be used for development of poverty-related best practices to inform the preparation of a new Transportation and Mobility Strategy, part of the larger Climate Action Strategy.

The Province provided funding to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to administer a Poverty Reduction Planning and Action program. Learn more about the Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program and streams.

Salishan Place by the River (CERIP)

Funding partner: BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Value: $711,354

Awarded: February 2021

On February 25, 2021, the BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced that the Township of Langley will receive $711,354 in Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) funding for its new arts, culture, and heritage facility, Salishan Place by the River.

This facility is being developed in Fort Langley, in partnership with Kwantlen First Nation, and in collaboration with Katzie, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo First Nations, on whose traditional territories the Township was established, the Waceya Métis Society, and the Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society. Representatives from these communities and organizations are currently visioning exhibitions and programs for the community and Indigenous galleries at Salishan.

This funding, awarded under the Destination Development stream of CERIP, supports economic resilience, tourism, heritage, and urban and rural economic development projects in communities impacted by COVID-19. Fort Langley has been greatly affected by the pandemic, resulting in the reduction, cancellation, and/or postponement of many events and festivals, and reduced operational capacities of many local businesses.

Destination Development funds will assist in outfitting the third-floor convention centre amenities at Salishan, including a 167-seat theatre, a reception/banquet hall with commercial kitchen, and a rooftop outdoor gathering space. These enhancements will encourage year-round activities, such as festivals, arts and craft fairs, music and theatre performances, and lectures, drawing people to the community and allowing Fort Langley to rebound.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport is distributing $20 Million in infrastructure funding to 54 tourism related projects in BC. Learn more about their projects.

Read the news release from the Township of Langley.

2020

Municipal Asset Management Program

Funding partner: Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Value: $50,000

Awarded: July 2020

This grant allows the Township to update its Stormwater Infrastructure Asset Management Plan (SIAMP).  The SIAMP aims to help the Township maximize value from its stormwater assets while providing enhanced service levels for residents and promoting green initiatives.

The Municipal Asset Management Program is an eight-year, $110-million program funded by Infrastructure Canada. The program helps support Canadian municipalities and communities in making informed, infrastructure-investment decisions based on stronger asset management practices. Learn more about the Municipal Asset Management Program.

2019

Salishan Place by the River (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund)

Funding partner: Government of Canada

Value: $3,000,000

Awarded: September 2019

The Township of Langley is very pleased to receive $3 million from the Government of Canada in support of a new 36,000-square-foot cultural centre and museum complex in Fort Langley.

Investments in cultural infrastructure are essential for the health, social well-being and economic prosperity of our communities. With Government of Canada support, the Township of Langley will soon be home to a new cultural complex in the heart of Fort Langley.

Mr. John Aldag, Member of Parliament (Cloverdale–Langley City), announced today $3 million in federal support for a new cultural centre and museum complex near the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Mr. Aldag made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

With this funding, the Township of Langley will build the Fort Langley Museums Heritage Centre, a 36,000-square-foot cultural facility. The centre will house the Langley Centennial Museum and a new Indigenous museum developed with the Kwantlen First Nation. The complex will also house a community archives, a 166-seat theatre, a printmaking studio and four multi-purpose programing spaces.

Read the full Government of Canada news release, Government of Canada Supports Creation of New Indigenous Museum and Cultural Complex in Fort Langley and Upgrades to Surrey Arts Centre.