The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Board is backing a proposal from the District of Sicamous to apply for a $6 million grant towards the development of a Community Wellness Centre.
The grant application is to the Canada-British Columbia – Rural and Northern Communities Program.
The Centre, planned for Main Street, is proposed to house up to two doctors, three dentists, an optometrist and a physiotherapist.
In addition, the proposal includes a community daycare facility, retail coffee shop and as many as 12 elevator-accessible residential suites for seniors.
As part of the project, the District of Sicamous has reported 45 per cent of Sicamous’ current population has been required to find health-care practitioners outside the District.
CSRD Municipal Director and Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz told the Board the intention is also to partner with neighbouring First Nations to house a regional healing centre for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It would also serve as a regional hub for both physical and mental health services.
Rysz added it is hoped the building will assist in the community securing the services of a physician for Sicamous. He pointed to a similar project in Chetwynd, where the development of a centre was critical in attracting doctors to that community.
The Board gave unanimous approval to providing a letter of support for the project.
Below is a rendering of the proposed project design - District of Sicamous