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  • FireSmart Community Funding & Supports

    June 19, 2019

    Funding for the 2020 Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program’s FireSmart Community Funding & Supports stream has been confirmed and program materials released. The program is structured to fund FireSmart activities in all eligible First Nation and local government communities throughout BC.

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  • Deadline Extended for Private Forest Consultation

    June 19, 2019

    The Province has extended the deadline for feedback on its review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program (PMFLP) to July 22. An earlier deadline was noted in a June 5th article.

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  • Climate and Energy Action Awards

    June 19, 2019

    Receive recognition for your work by applying for a Community Energy Association 2019 Climate & Energy Action Award. The awards are offered in 3 categories: community planning and development, corporate operations, and climate change adaptation. The deadline for applications is July 2nd, 2019.

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  • Call for Nominations: UBCM Executive

    June 12, 2019

    A Call for Nominations has been issued to local elected officials wishing to serve on the 2019-2020 UBCM Executive. The deadline for advance nominations is Wednesday July 31, 2019. The Call for Nominations provides information about the positions open for nomination, the procedures, Executive member responsibilities, as well as a nomination form.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    June 12, 2019

    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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  • MMIWG Inquiry Final Report

    June 5, 2019

    The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) has released a final report finding that “persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses” underlie violence against Indigenous women and girls. The report makes far-reaching calls for change directed to governments, media, individuals and others.

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  • Province Seeks Feedback on Forest Policy

    June 5, 2019

    The Province has initiated two engagement processes of specific interest to forest communities – Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) Improvement Initiative and a review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program (PMFLP).

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  • Community Better Challenge

    June 5, 2019

    ParticipACTION invites local governments to participate in the Community Better Challenge and compete for the title of Canada’s Most Active Community. Prizes range from $10,000 to $150,000 and can be used to support local physical activity initiatives.

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  • Deadline Extended to Complete Cannabis Cost Survey

    June 5, 2019

    Local governments have one additional month to complete UBCM’s survey examining costs related to cannabis legalization. Data obtained through this survey will support UBCM’s discussions with the provincial government regarding cannabis excise tax revenue sharing with local governments. Completed surveys should be sent to Bhar Sihota, UBCM Policy Analyst, by June 28, 2019.

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  • $31 Million Renewal of CEPF

    May 29, 2019

    Premier Horgan has announced the renewal of the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) with $31 million in new funding. The program supports community resiliency in the face of wildfires, floods and other emergencies. CEPF will provide two new funding streams, and will be open to all First Nations starting in October 2019.

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