Powell River Waterfront South Harbour

City of Powell River

Sources of Funding
ICET:$2,237,830
Western Economic Diversification:$1,926,013
City of Powell River:$1,174,196
Total Budget: $5,938,039
Quick Facts: 

The project has expanded the commercial harbour area, enabling transient vessels to stop in for supplies, allowing recreational boaters and tourists to explore the City, giving the commercial fishing fleet room to expand, and increasing opportunities for a variety of marine commercial service businesses.

The Westview Waterfront is the heart of Powell River and is the convergence point for ferries from Comox, Texada Island and a mid-trip departure point for a Circle Tour Route. The South Harbour area of the waterfront is a port for the local commercial fishing fleet and was at full capacity. City planners assessed areas of economic development in the community and realized there was significant growth potential in creating a more welcoming waterfront to accommodate the increasing recreational boat traffic. Additionally, the moorage for commercial fishing vessels was outdated and required upgrading.

To attract recreational boating visitors, the City of Powell River redeveloped the transient boating harbour on the south side of the Westview Waterfront. Moorage space increased by 56% to 1,270m with the addition of new floats, and a realigned breakwater providing access for larger boats.

The new marina configuration, completed in 2013, has room for more commercial fishing fleet vessels, recreational boaters, and additional support services. Both commercial and recreational visitors now benefit from improved parking with easy access to the marina. Making the improvements to the Westview Waterfront has helped encourage visitors to stop and stay in Powell River as they explore the North Island and Coast region. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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