A few Peace region projects have had funding approved by the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Over $2 million was approved for 10 projects by the NDIT’s board of directors during their July meeting.

The Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre is getting some upgrades after $117,937 was approved for the City of Dawson Creek through the Recreation Infrastructure grant program. This is the third grant approved for the aquatic centre after receiving $50,000 for upgrades to its diving board area in 2019 and the same amount for patron-related infrastructure in 2018.

The project will include upgrading the lockers in the universal change rooms, resurfacing flooring in the main entrance, lobby, party room and front desk area.

Saulteau First Nations will receive $135,875 to purchase a hydroponic greenhouse system. The NDIT says this project will increase food security in the community, promote food sovereignty, provide an accessible platform for health and nutrition education while creating employment and training opportunities for community members.

“Plants grow faster in a hydroponic greenhouse than traditional farming, and produce can be grown from seed to mature plant in less than six weeks. It is anticipated that 500 units of produce will be made available every week to community members once the system is in full operation,” said the NDIT’s August 3rd media release.

The Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club’s new lodge is being made possible after $298,396 was approved through the Recreation Infrastructure program. The club is breaking ground on its new day lodge on August 5th.

The board also approved $300,000 through the Cultural Infrastructure grant program to construct a permanent multi-use interpretive centre at the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark.

The new centre will include permanent displays, an outdoor interpretive area, a community gathering space with a performance stage and a café.

“The project will support the development and diversification of the Tumbler Ridge region and help meet the 2022 UNESCO revalidation requirements, which will enable it to retain its economically vital, coveted UNESCO status as a place of paleontological, historical and geological world importance,” said Tuesday’s release.

The NDIT says around 190 temporary construction and consulting jobs are expected to be created in the north due to each project.