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  • New Program Targets Renewal of Community Facilities

    May 27, 2015

    The federal government has issued a call for applications to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The new fund, managed by Western Diversification, will deliver $46.2 million over two years to communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba for the rehabilitation of existing community facilities. Eligible recipients include local governments and First Nations. The closing date for applications is June 17th, 1:00 pm PST.

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  • Affordable Housing Webinar Series

    May 27, 2015

    Looking for insight into the long-term drivers affecting market housing demand in Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna and the province? On June 25th, 2015 Cameron Muir, Chief Economist at the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) will be sharing his perspectives as part of the 2015 Affordable Market Housing Webinar Series.

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  • Review of Basic Telecommunications Services Underway

    May 20, 2015

    The Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) has issued a notice of consultation to examine its policies regarding basic telecommunications services in Canada including affordability, level of service and whether areas are underserved or without service.

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  • NEB Seeks Feedback on Emergency Management Information

    May 20, 2015

    The National Energy Board (NEB) is asking the public to participate in a consultation on the transparency of emergency management information. Local governments are welcome to provide comments until June 25, 2015.

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  • UBCM, MARR Joint Working Group Update

    May 20, 2015

    On May 13, 2015, UBCM and the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) convened their first Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting of the year. The JWG discussed several issues relevant to local government including the BC treaty process and the Community to Community Forum program. Members also discussed the JWG’s terms of reference, and welcomed new members, including a federal representative from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

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  • Local Government Awareness Week

    May 13, 2015

    UBCM, in partnership with CivicInfo BC and the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, proudly acknowledges May 18-22, 2015 as Local Government Awareness Week in BC and National Public Works Week.

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  • Healthy Communities Committee Update

    May 13, 2015

    The Healthy Communities Committee oversees health related policy in the context of local government interests. The Committee's primary focus is on health promotion, disease prevention initiatives and policy directions that assist communities to be proactive in addressing community health problems.

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  • Sale of Illegal Tobacco a Growing Problem

    May 6, 2015

    The sale of illegal tobacco is a growing problem in British Columbia according to a study by the Western Convenience Stores Association (WCSA). The study found the average rate of contraband tobacco use across British Columbia to be 17%, with rates as high as 51.6% in certain tested locations.

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  • Call for Community to Community Funding Applications

    May 6, 2015

    First Nations and local governments are invited to apply for grant funding to bring together elected officials from neighbouring communities under the 2015/16 Regional Community to Community (C2C) Forum program.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    May 6, 2015

    Each month we provide update on application and final report deadlines for UBCM funding programs, and information on other programs or resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

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