MLA Brenda Bailey makes pitch in the legislature for Granville Island businesses

She noted that it's home to 275 businesses and facilities that employ more than 2,500 people

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      Granville Island has been one of the hardest-hit areas of Vancouver during the pandemic.

      That's because this shopping, arts, and culinary zone is such a popular tourist destination. And tourism virtually vanished as a result of travel restrictions.

      Granville Island is managed by a federal Crown corporation, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. 

      In the last federal budget, the Liberal government provided $22 million for rent subsidies and infrastructure upgrades to help businesses remain open—thanks in large part to the efforts of Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry, who represents the area in Parliament.

      Granville Island is also in the provincial constituency of Vancouver–False Creek NDP MLA Brenda Bailey.

      On June 14, Bailey delivered a speech in the legislature encouraging people to visit the island as B.C. moves into Phase 2 of B.C.'s Restart plan.

      Vancouver–False Creek NDP MLA Brenda Bailey hopes visitors return to Granville Island this summer.

      You can read what Bailey said in the following paragraphs:

      "As we embrace further reopening of our economy in the province, many are beginning to contemplate where in B.C. we plan to travel this summer. I'd like to remind folks to visit one of my favourite places in the riding of Vancouver–False Creek—Granville Island.

      "Many people know it as a tourist destination, and it is. But it's also so much more. The island is home to 275 businesses and facilities that employ more than 2,500 people and generates more than $215 million in economic activity in a normal year.

      "Granville Island provides amenities, such as a large public market, an extensive marina, a hotel, the arts umbrella, False Creek Community Centre, various performing arts theatres, including Vancouver's only professional improvisational theatre company—Vancouver Theatre Sports League—the Arts Club Theatre Company and the Carousel Theatre, fine arts galleries, and a variety of shopping.

      "The fisherman's wharf provides access to fresh halibut, spot prawns, and Dungeoness crab. You can take some home or stop in to one of the many fish restaurants to enjoy these local offerings.

      "I'm sure there are many listening who miss attending theatre as much as I do, and we long for the day when we, once again, will be able to enjoy the wonderful experiences the talented folks in this sector of our economy create for us. I'm dying to check out the new location of the Arts Club Theatre in the old Emily Carr building, and we'll know that as soon as it's safe, productions will be on offer.

      "At the Granville Island Public Market, there's more than just the farmers' market where you can get the finest B.C. produce, cheese, meat and fish. There are 50 permanent retailers and, typically, more than 100 day vendors in stalls throughout the market, selling a variety of artisan cottage industry foods and handmade crafts on a rotating schedule.

      "If travel is on your docket this summer, don't forget to visit the wonderful world under the Granville Street Bridge. Come enjoy the local beer, food, theatre, and arts and crafts on offer. It is my hope that even with the pandemic, which will soon be behind us, that we'll continue the excellent habit of shopping local."