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The province-wide 2023 Elected Official Seminar (EOS) series will begin next week in Richmond, February 8-10, followed by events in Nanaimo (February 15-17), Kelowna (March 1-3), Kimberley (March 8-10), and Prince George (March 15-17).   The EOS series is held every four years…
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Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs, events, and resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations. Local Government Program Services Applications are currently being accepted for the following funding…
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The First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) has received one-time funding from the Province of BC to provide broad-based emergency management (EM) capacity-building for First Nations in BC for a Community Capacity—Emergency Management Program. Applications will be…
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UBCM is pleased to welcome Mayor Maja Tait, District of Sooke; Mayor Sarrah Storey, Village of Fraser Lake and Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, City of Courtenay to the UBCM Executive. The three new members were appointed after the Executive issued a call for expressions of…
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Registration for the Regional District CAO and Chair Forum is now open. The event will be held at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC, on March 28 (afternoon) and March 29 (morning). Please register by March 21, 2023. The Forum cost is $85 plus tax, and includes coffee, tea…
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The BC government has been granted an exemption by Health Canada from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to decriminalize the possession of certain illegal drugs. This is one of the approaches by the provincial government to address the ongoing toxic poisoning crisis. The…
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FireSmart BC is seeking nominations for The Lynn Orstad Award - Women in Wildfire Resiliency. In memory of Lynn Orstad, this award will be presented annually in recognition of women who have made significant contributions in wildfire resilience and advocacy efforts in BC or…
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In response to increasing coastal flooding risks, the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), recently launched a five-year initiative entitled the Predicting and Alerting for Coastal Flooding (PACF) project. To help…
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UBCM is seeking to appoint local government representatives from RCMP-policed jurisdictions to the Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC). There are six vacancies that are required to be filled by local government elected officials or staff members. The LGCMC…
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Housing policy for all orders of government is evolving in response to the continuing crisis in housing affordability and attainability. To support and accelerate further development, UBCM will host a province-wide housing summit at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre on April 4-…