Funding & Resources Update

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.


UBCM Excellence Awards: The Excellence Awards showcase municipalities and regional districts that take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, and pioneer new customer service practices. The deadline to apply for this award is June 23, 2017.

Local Government Program Services

2017/18 (Summer) C2C Forums: A summer intake has been announced for the Regional Community to Community Forum program. The application deadline is June 30, 2017, for events to be held between July 17, 2017, and March 31, 2018. Funding permitting, a fall intake may also be held.

2017 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative:  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis under four funding streams: Community Wildfire Protection Plans & Updates, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects, and Operational & Maintenance Treatment projects. The next intake deadline is October 6, 2017.

Other Funding

New Horizons for Seniors: Community-based projects that help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities are eligible to receive federal grants and contributions funding of up to $25,000. Projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more program objectives. Eligible applicants include local governments and First Nations. The application deadline is June 23, 2017.

Columbia Basin Trust Energy Retrofit Program: The BC Non-Profit Housing Association and BC Housing are working with the Columbia Basin Trust to launch the Energy Retrofit Program in the Columbia Basin region. The program helps non-profit housing providers undertake projects to ensure residents have to access to housing that meets their needs, including older affordable housing. Applications are due by 13:00 PST on June 30, 2017.

BC Active Communities Grants: Local governments and First Nations may apply to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities. Interior Health and Island Health have open calls for proposals with an application deadline of June 30, 2017. Northern Health’s open call for proposals ends July 21, 2017.

Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has issued a call for proposals for projects that will support organizations delivering a broad range of programs and services to urban Indigenous peoples. Project funding is available for up to five years under the following six key areas: women, vulnerable populations, youth, transition services, outreach programs and community wellness. Apply by July 4, 2017.

Enabling Accessibility Fund: This federal program funds local governments, First Nations and other eligible recipients to improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities by supporting the capital costs of renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities and the provision of accessible technologies in workplaces and communities. The application deadline is July 26, 2017.

Environmental Damages Fund: This fund, administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada, directs fines resulting from environmental damage to fund projects that benefit the natural environment. Almost $500,000 is available for projects in British Columbia with specified geographic and/or use restrictions. The deadline to apply is July 28, 2017.

Abandoned Boats Program: Grant and contribution funding is available from Transport Canada to assist in the removal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters. The program also helps to educate small boat owners about how to responsibly manage their boats and support research on boat recycling and environmentally responsible boat design. The deadline for Education, Awareness and Research applications is September 30, 2017. Assessments and removal applications are due by October 30, 2017.

First Nations Adapt Program: This federal program supports First Nation communities to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.  It prioritizes communities most impacted by sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road failures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Climate Change and Infrastructure Planning Programs: The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have launched two programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Climate Innovation Program and The Municipal Asset Management Program will deliver funding, training, and learning opportunities to build local government capacity.


National Thought Table on Reconciliation: On May 10, 2017,thought leaders from across Canada gathered for a roundtable discussion on reconciliation within a Canadian multicultural context. Reconciliation Canada has made the video of this event available online.

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