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.

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 & Updates, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects, and Operational & Maintenance Treatment projects. The next intake deadline is October 6, 2017.

Other Funding

FortisBC 2017 Community Giving: Elected officials across FortisBC’s service territory are invited to nominate local non-profit organizations whose community initiatives support stronger, healthier communities. Submit applications by July 14, 2017. Successful recipients will be announced at the UBCM Convention in September.

Northern Health Active Communities Grant: Local governments and First Nations in northern BC may apply to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities. The application deadline is 9:00am July 31, 2017.

Enabling Accessibility Fund: This federal government 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.

National Disaster Mitigation Program: Emergency Management BC has extended its deadline for NDMP “Intake 4” applications. Local governments, First Nations and other eligible parties now have until August 25, 2017 to apply through EMBC to access this Public Safety Canada funding program. The program’s objective is to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians. It consists of four project streams: Risk Assessments, Flood Mapping, Mitigation Planning, and Investments in Non-Structural and Small Scale Structural Mitigation Projects.

Abandoned Boats Program: 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.

An information session to assist local governments in preparing their applications will be held on July 6, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon.  A teleconference option is available. If you would like to attend this session, please contact Marylyn Chiang, UBCM Senior Policy Analyst at (604) 270-8226 ext. 110, for the location, teleconference details and meeting materials.

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.

New 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.


Dealing with Drought - What Communities Need to Know: Focused on improving local awareness and preparation for drought in 2017 and beyond, this interactive webinar is presented by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in partnership with UBCM, on July 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. to noon. Email BC Drought to register.

Happy Homes: This toolkit for building sociability through multi-family housing design intends to address the crisis of social disconnectedness. Happy City has produced this as an interactive visual toolkit to identify principles, strategies and actions to boost social wellbeing in multi-family housing.

Community Health Data: Updated Community Health Profiles, Community Health Database and Community Health Atlas provide an interactive platform to explore health topics of interest across BC.

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.

Livable Cities Forum 2017: Join ICLEI Canada in Victoria September 18 - 20, 2017, for the sixth annual Livable Cities Forum: Advancing Low Carbon Resilience.

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