Funding & Resources Update

Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs or resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

Local Government Program Services

Regional Community to Community Forum Program: Matching funds of up to $5,000 are available to support elected officials and/or senior staff of neighbouring First Nations and local governments to meet to address issues of common concern. The 2018/19 C2C program has been enhanced to increase focus on reconciliation, support coordinated approaches to emergency prevention, response and recovery, and to allow elected officials or senior staff to be eligible participants. The first of three intake deadlines is March 23, 2018.

Asset Management Planning Program: Matching grants of up to $15,000 are available to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning. Applications will be reviewed following the March 31, 2018 intake deadline.

Structural Flood Mitigation: Funding is available through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to support eligible applicants to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impacts of hazards through construction of structural flood mitigation projects. The application deadline is April 13, 2018.

Other Funding

Abandoned Boats Program: Transport Canada is currently accepting applications for the Abandoned Boats Funding Program. This program funds the permanent removal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats that pose a hazard in Canadian waters. 

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Communities across Canada are encouraged to participate in projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighbourhoods on Saturday May 5, 2018. $500 awards are also being offered, with a deadline of March 9, 2018.

NDIT Strategic Initiatives Fund: Part of the Northern Development Initiative Trust’s ongoing response to mitigate the economic impact of the mountain pine beetle, this new program allows municipalities and First Nations to apply for funding to support significant projects that focus on long-term economic transformation and sustainability. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2018.

EcoAction Community Funding Program: This Environment and Climate Change Canada  program provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Local governments are not eligible to apply, but are encouraged to partner with non-profit organizations to support a project proposal. The deadline for summer 2018 projects is March 21, 2018.

Municipal Asset Management Program: Federal funding is available through FCM to help local governments adopt asset management practices. Eligible applicants may apply to both the FCM MAMP and the UBCM Asset Management Planning program for activities that are eligible under both programs. Applicants can leverage both programs to meet the community contribution requirements.

Environmental Assessment Participant Funding Program: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency provides funds to ensure that concerns from the public and Aboriginal groups are taken into consideration during an environmental assessment process.

First Nations Adapt Program: This federal program supports First Nation communities to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.  It prioritizes communities most impacted by sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road failures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Climate change and infrastructure planning programs: The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have launched two programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Climate Innovation Program and The Municipal Asset Management Program will deliver funding, training, and learning opportunities to build local government capacity.


BC Flood and Wildfire Review:  The province has commissioned an independent, strategic review of flood and wildfire practices with a focus on the 2017 flood and wildfire season. Community events, written submissions and online feedback opportunities are being provided through March.

Asset Management Intro Workshop: The Canadian Network of Asset Managers is in the process of developing resources to support people who are new to infrastructure asset management. A 1-Day Infrastructure Asset Management Awareness Workshop is being held on March 12, 2018 in Kelowna.

Interface Fires Workshop - Risks & Mitigation: This workshop, in Kamloops March 13, 2018, is designed to provide water and wastewater professionals with an overview of interface fires, how to assess risk before and after a fire event, common mitigation practices, and tools (such funding resources) that are available to communities.

Post-Natural Disturbance Forest Retention Guidance: BC’s Chief Forester has issued a report to guide decision makers on whether to leave or salvage fire damaged from last year’s wildfires. She cautions that yielding to the health of ecosystems may be the most beneficial action in the long-term.

Funding your Community Energy and Climate Initiatives: The Community Energy Association has just released its updated Funding Guide for BC Local Governments, featuring more than 40 funding programs that support local government energy planning, energy efficiency measures, renewable energy projects and sustainable transportation initiatives.

Smart Cities Challenge: The Government of Canada, through Infrastructure Canada, wants innovative solutions to economic, environmental, and social problems. The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition to help solve Canada’s biggest challenges. It is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across the country. Communities have until April 24, 2018 to submit their applications.

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