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  • New Funding for Emergency Preparedness

    March 29, 2017

    UBCM will be administering a new funding program to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies. The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund was announced as part of an $80 million announcement from the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure.

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  • Input Sought for Marijuana Regulation

    March 29, 2017

    With federal legislation to legalize marijuana expected within the next month, and regulatory development to follow soon after, UBCM is seeking membership input regarding a new regulatory regime. Responses to the survey will be accepted until Friday, April 28, 2017.

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  • Building Act Update

    March 29, 2017

    New provincial qualification requirements for building and plumbing officials established in the Building Act came into force February 28, 2017. In addition, the Province has amended the Building Act General Regulation to add additional items to the unrestricted matters list.

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  • Federal Legacy Infrastructure Funds

    March 29, 2017

    Infrastructure Canada has delivered $3.4 million in federal legacy infrastructure funding for distribution through the Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia. The Government of Canada committed to providing this transfer in Budget 2016.

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  • Gas Tax Information Management System

    March 29, 2017

    UBCM has launched a new Program Information Management System (PIMS) to provide a single entry online portal for local governments for all Federal Gas Tax Fund related commitments with UBCM.

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  • Budget 2017 Advances Infrastructure, Housing Investments

    March 23, 2017

    The federal Budget tabled by finance Minister Bill Morneau addresses a broad range of issues that have been raised by local governments in British Columbia. In addition to allocating funding for the second phase of infrastructure commitments announced in 2016, Budget 2017 outlines the funding profile for the soon to be released National Housing Strategy, and includes increased spending focused on child care, home care, mental health, climate change, disaster mitigation and the opioid crisis.

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  • Additional Funding for Wildfire Risk Reduction

    March 22, 2017

    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC will be providing funding for the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative to jointly fund some operational fuel treatments. Starting in April 2017, eligible applicants may apply through SWPI to access joint funding from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC.

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  • RCMP Contract Committee Seeks Input

    March 22, 2017

    The RCMP Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) will be meeting on April 27, 2017 to discuss the final stages of the Five Year Review, in addition to other relevant policing issues. Local governments wishing to suggest discussion items related to the agreement under which the RCMP provides local police services in BC are asked to submit input to Bhar Sihota, UBCM Policy Analyst prior to March 31.

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  • CivX: Local Governments and the Sharing Economy

    March 22, 2017

    Local government staff and elected officials are invited to attend CivX 2017 on Wednesday, April 12. This one-day event hosted by LMLGA and CivicInfo BC will provide an engaging conversation with some of the movers and shakers in today‚Äôs shared economy.

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  • UBCM Election Platform Outreach

    March 15, 2017

    UBCM is pleased to convey our 2017 Provincial Election Platform to our membership. The platform centres on five overarching themes: finance, infrastructure, protective service costs, climate action and housing. As candidates prepare for the campaign, UBCM Executive and staff have been meeting with Members of the Legislative Assembly and staff to share our platform.

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