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  • Executive Meeting Highlights

    March 3, 2021

    The UBCM Executive held its quarterly committee and board meetings over February 16-19. Eight committees met to cover policy matters and provide direction on nearly 80 referred resolutions from the 2020 Convention. Executive members also welcomed a delegation from the Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable Josie Osborne.

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  • Increased funding through Community to Community Forum

    March 3, 2021

    Applications are being accepted for the 2021/22 Regional Community to Community Forum program. To support dialogue related to COVID-19 response and recovery, grants now cover up to 100% of eligible forum costs. Funding permitting, there will be three intakes available over the fiscal year.

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  • Funding & resources update

    March 3, 2021

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

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  • Feedback sought on drought level proposal

    March 3, 2021

    The Province is seeking local government feedback on a proposal to update B.C.’s current drought level scale. The proposal seeks to update and enhance existing drought levels to better align with the North American Drought Monitor and more accurately communicate drought and water scarcity conditions.

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  • Strengthening Communities’ Services Program

    February 24, 2021

    The Strengthening Communities’ Services Program, a component of the Canada-BC Safe Restart Agreement, has been announced. The program aims to address unsheltered homelessness that has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and related community impacts.

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  • 2021 Community Excellence Awards

    February 24, 2021

    Applications are now being accepted for UBCM’s 2021 Community Excellence Awards. The application deadline is May 14, 2021. The awards recognize and celebrate UBCM members that have implemented projects or programs that demonstrate excellence in meeting the purposes of local government in B.C.

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  • 2021 Asset Management Planning program launched

    February 24, 2021

    The 2021 Asset Management Planning program has been launched, offering matching grants of up to $15,000 in two intakes. The intent of the program is to assist local governments in delivering sustainable services by extending and deepening asset management practices within their organizations. Since 2015, more than 260 grants and subsidies have been awarded to local governments throughout BC.

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  • Wildfire preparedness support for agriculture

    February 24, 2021

    Agriculture faces unique challenges from wildfire. Farmers, ranchers, First Nations and governments can all take simple steps to prepare ahead of time. Climate & Agriculture Initiative BC is offering four free virtual regional workshops to train wildfire and emergency response staff and planners on how farm and ranch operations are impacted by, and can prepare for, wildfire.

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  • Two Billion Trees program launched

    February 24, 2021

    Following up on its announcement to plant two billion trees over 10 years, the federal government has issued calls for expressions of interest and requests for information under the Growing Canada’s Forests Program. Natural Resources Canada is looking to engage those interested in growing Canada’s forests as a nature-based solution to support national climate change actions.

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  • Child Care Planning Guide

    February 24, 2021

    A child care planning guide for local governments is now available. The guide, Stepping Stones: Child Care Planning Guides for BC’s Local Governments, was developed with funding from the Government of BC and written by project consultants, Sarah Huebert from SPARC BC and consultant Sandra Menzer.

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