Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan joined T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes at the soon-to-open gas bar on Sooke Road. (Contributed)

Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan joined T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes at the soon-to-open gas bar on Sooke Road. (Contributed)

Additional funding puts T’Sou-ke project on a road to success

Gas station and Tim Horton’s part of a larger project

The construction of the Petro-Can gas station, a convenience store and a Tim Hortons restaurant on T’Sou-ke Nation land, near Edward Milne community school, received a welcome boost on Saturday when the federal government announced additional funding for the project.

The feds will spend $988,637 to finance the first phase of the project that will support the development of approximately six hectares of commercial enterprises, said Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan.

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“The support from the CORP (Community Opportunity Readiness Program) fund was invaluable to T’Sou-ke Nation as it allowed for key infrastructure to be built and allowed us to focus on the commercial development aspects of the project,” said T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes.

The CORP funds were needed for site clearing, the construction of water distribution and storm sewer systems, road work, electrical work, and related inspections.

T’Sou-ke Nation anticipates the project will create 46 full-time and 32 part-time jobs, and six spin-off businesses in the Sooke Region.



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