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Last week, representatives from UBCM and more than 70 local governments met with Public Safety Canada to discuss the RCMP Collective Agreement and the issue of retroactive costs. Local governments outlined impacts and concerns while reiterating a request that the federal…
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Local governments may now register to provide feedback on the provincial government’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. These virtual engagement sessions will be held on May 31 and June 2 (morning and afternoon options are available). To register, please contact UBCM staff,…
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The Province has announced regulatory changes to the Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program that are intended to support local governments. These changes come after the Province received over 2,200 DFA applications following the November 2021 flooding events. The DFA…
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Resources from a webinar providing guidance on the Declaration Act for local governments are now available. The session, led by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs with support from UBCM, included an overview of the act, next steps, implications for local government and a…
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada's (DFO) Ghost Gear Program has a total of $10 million available for projects focused on the reduction, prevention and retrieval of ghost gear (abandoned and lost fishing gear). Interested proponents are encouraged to submit their applications by June…
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ICBC has announced that as of May 1, 2022, British Columbians are able to renew personal insurance policies online. BC drivers are also no longer required to display a license plate decal to show they have valid insurance.   To ease this transition, ICBC has committed a one-time…
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The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund has added a new funding stream for Extreme Heat Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning. The application deadline is June 24, 2022.   The intent of the Extreme Heat Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning funding stream is to support…
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Transport Canada is presenting an information session for local governments on key points to consider when applying for funding under the Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP). The session will also touch on the requirements of the Rail Safety Grade Crossings Regulations (GCR)…
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UBCM will be hosting a virtual Town Hall on Policing from 1:30 – 3:00 PM PDT on May 31, 2022. The Town Hall will also include participation from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Interested local government elected officials and staff members are asked to RSVP…
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On March 16, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced an independent review of the provincial government’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The review is intended to find ways for the provincial government to be better prepared for the next event, whether…