Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden GroundWork

Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society

Sources of Funding
ICET:$370,295
Community Adjustment Fund:$778,479
District of Sechelt:$15,000
Sunshine Coast Regional District:$2,000
Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society:$120,000
Inkind Contributions:$214,257
Total Budget: $1,500,031
Quick Facts: 

Wedding planners, photographers, caterers and other businesses related to special events have benefitted from the spin off impacts of this project. 

The Sunshine Coast region has great natural beauty and natural assets but has little dedicated tourism infrastructure. The region has long prioritized tourism as a key economic diversification and growth strategy.  With this in mind, the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society acquired 40 acres of prime land in the Sechelt.  The plan was to develop a botanical garden, which would serve both as a demonstration and educational site and as a tourism draw.

Project GroundWork aimed to lay a foundation for a botanical garden site. Significant site preparation work was done with volunteer labour and equipment donations.  The project featured the construction of a West-Coast-Style public assembly building that is a perfect venue for conferences, meetings, events and cultural gatherings. The site also includes themed gardens, such as native, food and wild gardens which serve as the backdrop for tours and educational events.

Completed in 2011, thousands of visitors come to the Garden each year now, for special events, workshops for gardeners of all ages and levels, for public and private events, and to tour or simply enjoy the beautiful natural setting. The site also serves as an economic generator for the community as the public assembly building serves as a space for both personal and business gatherings. Several events including destination weddings have been held at the botanical garden. This niche market has resulted in new business opportunities. Wedding planners, photographers, caterers and other businesses related to special events have benefitted from the spin off impacts of this project. Volunteer garden membership has also increased by over 600 people who work on various new themed gardens and projects on site. 

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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