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  • Gas Tax Fund annual expenditure reporting

    April 21, 2021

    Annual Expenditure Reporting for the 2020 calendar year will be open from April 14, 2021 to June 1, 2021. Local governments may submit reports through the Program Information Management System (PIMS) link provided on UBCM’s federal Gas Tax Fund program section on our website.

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  • Provincial responses to 2020 resolutions

    April 21, 2021

    Provincial responses to many of the resolutions from the 2020 UBCM Convention are now available. UBCM will follow up with letters to local governments that sponsored resolutions in 2020 to provide the relevant provincial responses to each resolution.

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  • Preventing & responding to elected official conduct issues

    April 21, 2021

    A new resource provides guidance on ways to prevent conduct issues by local elected officials, and how best to deal with them if they do arise. Developed by the Working Group on Responsible Conduct (WGRC), this guide provides advice on fostering responsible conduct, maintaining good governance and resolving conduct issues for those who serve on Councils and Boards. It also includes considerations for local governments that wish to establish an enforcement process within a Code of Conduct.

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  • Attracting entrepreneurs

    April 21, 2021

    The Province has extended the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot to March 31, 2024. The Regional Pilot has demonstrated its ability to attract and welcome experienced international entrepreneurs and their families to move to – and establish new businesses in – smaller regional centres.

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  • BC Budget highlights

    April 20, 2021

    Finance Minister Selina Robinson tabled the 2021 provincial Budget in the legislature today. The budget projects deficits of $9.7 billion this year, $5.5 million next year, and $4.3 million in the year following. Budget 2021 also included significant new funding commitments of interest to local governments, including those for mental health and substance use; housing affordability and homeless populations; economic recovery; and childcare.

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  • Federal Budget 2021 Highlights

    April 19, 2021

    Finance Minister Christia Freeland tabled the 2021 federal budget in the House of Commons today. The budget funds a range of new measures of interest to local governments in housing, climate action, economic development, mental health and child care. After the budget measures, Canada will have a $354.2 billion deficit with a federal debt of 51% of GDP.

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  • Rick Mercer highlights convention lineup

    April 14, 2021

    Canadian comedian, political satirist and author Rick Mercer will highlight a feature session at UBCM’s 2021 Convention, to be held September 14th to 17th. This year’s annual meeting will build off of UBCM’s highly rated virtual platform that hosted over a thousand UBCM delegates in 2020. This year’s program will include several enhancements, including expanded time for member resolutions.

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  • Local Government Awareness Week

    April 14, 2021

    UBCM, in partnership with CivicInfo BC and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, is pleased to support the 2021 Local Government Awareness Week, May 16-22. This annual initiative is aimed at building public awareness of local government roles and encouraging participation in local government processes. This year will include an Asset Management Awareness Day on Wednesday, May 19.

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  • Final Housing Needs intake

    April 14, 2021

    The final intake of the Housing Needs Report program is receiving applications. Local governments and Treaty First Nations in BC are eligible to apply and funding is scaled on the net population of the planning area. The application deadline is June 4, 2021.

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  • Frenkel appointed to Mass Timber Advisory Council

    April 14, 2021

    UBCM President Brian Frenkel is one of 16 members appointed to the Province’s Mass Timber Advisory Council. Council members will provide advice and guidance towards establishing BC as a leader in the production and use of mass timber, as well as the creation of a mass timber action plan.

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