Policy Areas

The Committee is working closely with provincial partners on the implementation of the Accessible B.C. Act.  This Act received Royal Assent in June 2021, and will focus on key action in four different areas in years 1 - 10 of implementation: 1.    Culture change. There will be…
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…
  UBCM, primarily through the Cannabis Policy Technical Working Group, is engaged on a number of key policy issues affecting local governments.   
Child care is a new and emerging area for local governments. From 2018- 2021, UBCM offered two child care funding programs to better understand local child care needs and to develop new child care spaces in their communities. The Community Child Care Planning program provides…
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)
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…
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…
*New* On April 21, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, in partnership with UBCM, led a webinar providing guidance on the Declaration Act for local governments. The session also featured a presentation from the City of Prince George on examples of reconciliation in action. Both a…
UBCM is participating on the Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction’s Decriminalization Core Planning and Implementations Tables. The provincial government signalled their intent to seek an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act under the provision of section 56 (…
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,…