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New Options for Residential Flexibility in the ALR In January 2020, the Minister of Agriculture announced that the Province is considering a new direction for residential flexibility for ALR land owners.  The allowance for both a principal residence and a small secondary…
Tags: Community Safety
Cannabis Taxation Revenue Sharing The two-year Federal-Provincial-Territorial Agreement on Cannabis Taxation sees the federal government retain 25% of excise tax revenue (up to $100 million per year), with the remaining 75% or more going to provinces and territories. This…
Tags: Health & Social Development
The Union of BC Municipalities is pleased to offer the guide, Stepping Stones: Child Care Planning Guides for BC’s Local Governments, which was developed with funding from the Government of BC and written by project consultants, Sarah Huebert from SPARC BC and consultant Sandra…
Tags: Environment
UBCM has released its recommendations on how British Columbia's local governments can move towards a low-carbon future. Special Committee on Climate Action Recommendations (Nov 2020)
Tags: Governance
The British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) decision on conflict of interest in Schlenker v. Torgrimson has introduced a number of considerations for staff and elected officials when determining when elected officials may be in a conflict of interest contrary to provisions of…
Tags: Governance
UBCM has developed a best practice guide to assist local governments in the development of fair and equitable remuneration polices for elected officials. The guide responds to a resolution (B148) endorsed at the 2018 UBCM convention. In recognition of local government autonomy…
Tags: Indigenous Relations
Intergovernmental Negotiations & Consultation UBCM monitors and responds to legislative changes, proposals, and other initiatives regarding First Nations that are relevant to local governments. UBCM also tracks key First Nation court decisions, particularly relating to…
Tags: Community Economic Development
Economic Development & Local Governments Download the report: Evaluating the Economic Development Role of BC Local Governments [PDF - 1.4 MB]Summary Report: UBCM Economic Development Survey of Local Governments [PDF - 1.7 MB] In a 2004 survey on local government priorities,…
Tags: Community Safety
Emergency Program Act Review The Emergency Program Act (EPA) forms the legislative framework for the management of disasters and emergencies in British Columbia. It outlines the responsibilities of local governments, provincial authorities and crown corporations and the Province…
Tags: Environment
UBCM was invited to participate in a provincial working group on energy efficiency requirements for large and complex buildings ("Part 3" buildings in the BC Building Code). This working group brings together local governments, industry and the Province to explore energy…