Funding and Resources Update February 2017

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

Local Government Program Services

2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis under four funding streams: Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects, and Operational & Maintenance Treatment projects. Applications are reviewed three times per year and the next review deadlines are April 28 & October 6, 2017.

Regional Community to Community Forums (C2C):  All forum events proposed for the 2016-17 C2C program must be held by March 31, 2017, with final reports due by April 28, unless extensions have been confirmed.

Other Funding

British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada: British Columbia is marking the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation with an investment of $8 million in museums and heritage sites throughout the province. Band Councils, Aboriginal Friendship Centres and local governments responsible for a museum, archive or historic place are among those eligible for this funding. The deadline to apply is February 10, 2017.

Recreation Infrastructure Grants:  The Columbia Basin Trust supports community efforts to encourage residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles. Eligible applicants include non-profit or public organizations, school districts, First Nations organizations and local governments.  The deadline for submitting applications is February 15, 2017.

Western Diversification Program: This is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada. The current intake closes on February 23, 2017.


The Health Risks of a Changing Climate: Climate change is already starting to have far-reaching consequences for human health and these risks will grow in the coming decades. The first of two talks being given this week at the University of Victoria by Dr. Kristie Ebi, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, is on February 1, 2017, at 7:30pm. Both lectures are available by webcast.

Resilient Infrastructure in a Changing Climate: The Fraser Basin Council hosts a workshop on the importance of critical infrastructure through the lens of changing climate hazards on February 9, 2017, in Prince George.

How to Integrate Sustainability through Asset Management: The Planning Institute of BC and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC will host a collaborative workshop for planners, engineers and financial officers on February 22, 2017, in Vancouver.

Local FireSmart Representative Workshops: Two opportunities are being offered for this free, two-day workshop: February 22 & 23 in Kamloops, and March 14 & 15 in Chilliwack. Registration is required. Contact Stephanie Ostrander at the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society.

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: On May 6, 2017, communities and individuals are encouraged to participate in local projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighbourhoods. Project ideas and modest grants are available.

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