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  • COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream

    December 2, 2020

    On December 1, 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Emergency Management BC announced the launch of the new $136 million COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

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  • Climate Action Recommendations for a Low-Carbon Future

    December 2, 2020

    UBCM has released its recommendations on how British Columbia’s local governments can move towards a low-carbon future. Developed by UBCM’s Special Committee on Climate Action and approved by the UBCM Executive, the recommendations outline concrete actions that can be taken for buildings, transportation, solid waste, resilience, land use-planning, social mobilization and governance.

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  • UBCM Executive Meeting highlights

    December 2, 2020

    The newly constituted UBCM Executive held its first, quarterly committee and board meetings virtually over November 17-20. The meeting set priorities and work plans for UBCM’s subcommittees for the coming year. The Executive as a whole also reviewed and adopted priorities for the year ahead. With all appointments now confirmed, 16 of the 21 positions are now held by women. A full list of Executive members can be found on the UBCM website.

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  • New Flood Hazard Mitigation funding

    December 2, 2020

    The Province has announced a new one-time funding program, the Adaptation, Resilience & Disaster Mitigation (ARDM) Program, to fund structural and natural infrastructure projects that address the risk of flooding and flood-related hazards up to a value $10 million. The deadline for applications is January 11, 2021.

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  • Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant

    December 2, 2020

    Small and medium sized businesses - comprising over 98% of all businesses in BC - have been hit hard by COVID-19. In response, the Province has launched the Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program. The Program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in BC.

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  • Funding & resources update

    December 2, 2020

    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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  • Electoral Area Directors’ Forum registration

    November 25, 2020

    The Electoral Area Directors’ Forum will be held virtually on February 2 (afternoon) and February 3 (morning), 2021. Registration is now open.

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  • Coquitlam granted leave to appeal in Fortis dispute

    November 25, 2020

    The BC Court of Appeal has approved a City of Coquitlam application to appeal an order by the BC Utilities Commission that allowed Fortis to abandon a decommissioned gas pipeline running through City lands. The order had directed the City and Fortis to share the cost of removing the pipeline to allow for the installation of municipal infrastructure. UBCM provided an affidavit to the Court in support of Coquitlam that advanced the argument this was an application that could impact local governments across British Columbia.

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  • Representative sought for Road Safety Committee

    November 25, 2020

    Nominations are being sought for one UBCM representative on the provincial Road Safety Strategy Committee. The Committee is a multi-stakeholder body tasked with overseeing and setting strategic direction on road safety priorities in British Columbia. Nominations will be accepted by UBCM until 4:30 p.m. on January 15, 2021.

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  • Active Transportation in Small Towns: Survey

    November 18, 2020

    The BC Alliance for Healthy Living wants to hear from local government staff working on active transportation in communities with populations between 1,000 and 30,000. Staff can fill out the ‘Small Town Leaders in Active Transportation’ survey by November 30. The project will examine how small communities incorporate active transportation, and will share outcomes and resources.

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