Tofino Fourth and Campbell Streetscape Improvement

District of Tofino

Sources of Funding
ICET:$132,007
Resort Municipality Initiative:$1,020,169
Gas Tax:$390,000
District of Tofino:$339,249
In Kind Donations:$14,161
Total Budget: $1,895,587
Quick Facts: 

The streetscape project has been the catalyst for a new downtown hub at Fourth and Campbell. Redevelopment has attracted popular coffee shops, retail outlets, and one of the top restaurants in Canada.

Tofino is seeking to expands its seasonal economy with off-season visitors to provide year-round economic stability and sustainbilitiy. The first stop encountered on Highway 4 after leaving Port Alberni is the Fourth-and-Campbell intersection, welcoming visitors to Tofino’s downtown. However the aging infrastructure was not pedestrian-friendly or conducive the growing number of visitors exploring and shopping in the downtown.

The goal of the project was to support commercial development and business expansion in the downtown area.  The project included two parts; Fourth Street Lookout Park; and Fourth-and-Campbell Intersection. The lookout park, overlooking Tofino Harbour and Meares Island, accommodates a landscaped sheltered lookout with informational displays about the historic and current use of the harbour. The project also involved a total redesign of the Fourth-and-Campbell intersection, with enhanced walkways, landscaping, decorative pedestrian crosswalks and heritage influenced rest areas.

Improvements at this intersection have created a pedestrian friendly environment that is attractive to locals, visitors, businesses and developers while celebrating Tofino’s historic maritime heritage. A coherent and connected streetscape links the two main commercial streets to each other and the main government wharf. 

Less than one year after completion, the project has been a catalyst for the sale of a key commercial intersection lot, the startup of three new businesses and one rezoning of a lot from residential use to commercial as well as the redevelopment of the RCMP station. The project’s success was also the catalyst for the implementation of further phases of downtown revitalization.

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

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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