Community Resiliency Investment

Applications are currently being accepted for this program.

The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program is intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC through community funding, supports and priority fuel management activities on provincial Crown land.  The program was launched in 2018 and more than 120 First Nations and local governments have received funding. 

The Union of BC Municipalities, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC are working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development, represented by the BC Wildfire Service, to administer the FireSmart Community Funding & Supports portion of the program for local government and First Nation applicants.

2020 FireSmart Community Funding & Supports

The 2020 program is structured to fund FireSmart activities in all eligible communities throughout BC.  Funding is scaled to offer eligible applicants with lower risk of wildfire to apply for up to $25,000 and applicants with a demonstrated higher risk of wildfire to apply for up to $150,000 per year.

In addition, applications that include fuel management on Provincial Crown land, primarily within administrative boundaries and including contiguous, logical treatment units that extend onto the Crown land base, may exceed the funding maximum for fuel management activities only.

The application deadline is October 18, 2019

N.B. The new community wildfire resiliency planning framework is expected to be implemented by spring 2020 and will replace the current CWPP process, however existing and current CWPPs will still be considered valid.

In support of the new framework, a series of Outreach and Engagement Workshops are being held across the province during late October 2019. For eligible applicants to the 2020 CRI program, travel and accommodation expenses required to attend a workshop are eligible for reimbursement under the Planning and Interagency Cooperation categories of the program, for up to two confirmed workshop attendees per community.

2019 FireSmart Community Funding & Supports

Local FireSmart Representative Workshop Series

The 2019/2020 Local FireSmart Representative workshop series is open for registration.  Attendance is free, however space is limited and registration is required.  Visit FireSmart BC to learn more and register for a workshop in your area.

Additional Information & Resources

Wildfire Threat Assessment Materials

Contact Information

For more information contact Local Government Program Services at cri-swpi@ubcm.ca or (250) 356-2947.

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