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Upgrades at Wawiskas Community Hall expected to reduce energy consumption by nearly 80%

May 10, 2024  By  Anthony Capkun

May 10, 2024 – The aging Wawiskas Community Hall (Bella Bella, B.C.) will be undertaking facility upgrades after a combined spend of over $3 million from the federal government (through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program) and the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.

“Our government is committed to investing in projects that support upgrades to community facilities so that they can become more energy efficient, and continue to be a welcoming gathering space for years to come,” said Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson.

The community hall is an integral hub for the Heiltsuk people, says Infrastructure Canada, used for both recreational and cultural activities.

“Our community hall is important to our people as it exemplifies our value of family. This is where we meet to come together and support one another. We are a gathering and feasting people and our community hall allows us to do this,” said Dawn Hall, tribal councillor.


The retrofit project will include upgrading the building’s envelope (including roof and windows), and washrooms, as well as the installation of new HVAC equipment, heat recovery ventilator (HRV), and LED lighting systems.

The improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 77.4% and GHG emissions by 127 tonnes annually.

The feds are providing nearly $3 million through the GICB program, while the Heiltsuk Tribal Council is contributing $32,759.49.

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