Province gives $1 million for upgrade of historic Vancouver church

WATCH: It’s been a historic landmark in downtown Vancouver for more than a hundred years. And today a major revitalization project for the Christ Church Cathedral got a major shot in the arm. Ted Chernecki explains.

An upgrade of Vancouver’s historic Christ Church Cathedral got a million-dollar boost from the provincial government today.

“This is a very historic and important heritage building for the city,” said Vancouver-False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan in making the funding announcement.

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“We have to treasure the old buildings that we have, and this is a real icon for the city. It’s something we all have to get involved with, and the provincial government wants to be a part of it.”

The Burrard Street building is the oldest church in Vancouver. It was built in 1895, but the congregation itself recently celebrated their 125th anniversary. They’re hoping to raise $7.5 million for a variety up improvements and renovations, including seismic upgrades, a new roof and a new bell tower.

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But the church’s dean says the most important upgrade might be the kitchen.

“We feed about 100 people a day, right in the parish hall, all served by volunteers, said Peter Elliott. “We’ve got a tiny little kitchen. To expand that is going to make the serving go a whole lot better.”

Elliott says they still have two million dollars to raise for the project. But today, he’s applauding the government stepping forward.

“It’s a really great contribution from the province. We’re thrilled beyond belief.”

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