The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provided financial support to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready projects. Thanks to this fund, the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, was able to build one of the most innovative and modern cruise ship terminal facilities on the west coast of North America.
Before the terminal was built, cruise ship operators had to shuttle their passengers to and from the harbour area by boat. Now the facility can handle the largest of the west coast cruise ships, making Nanaimo a more attractive destination for the international cruise industry.
With the arrival of each cruise ship, downtown Nanaimo comes alive. This new facility, with a welcome area and visitor centre, has given the local tourism industry a boost. It is expected to have a positive, lasting impact on the local economy.
Working with the provinces, territories, municipalities and the private sector, more than 4,000 projects were completed under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. This represented a total investment of about $10 billion in Canada’s public infrastructure.