Environment

Policy Scope

The Environment Committee works on behalf of UBCM members to monitor and advocate positive change in environmental policy, as well as promote solutions and share information to support community planning and sustainability. Through the Committee UBCM fulfills three basic functions:

  • advocates for changes in federal and provincial environmental policy to assist local government in solving environmental concerns at the local level;
  • represents local government in the development of environmental policy at the federal and provincial level; and
  • promotes and shares information on solutions to environmental problems which local governments have implemented.

Related Programs

Gas Tax Fund 

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)
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…
UBCM represents local government on the Advisory Committee for the proposed provincial Land Based Spills Preparedness and Response Strategy. Building on this, UBCM has undertaken ongoing advocacy regarding the issue. Some of the significant advocacy work is referenced below.…
In July 2016, Transport Canada held a cross-sector roundtable to discuss improving marine safety and formalizing a tanker moratorium in northern BC. UBCM President Al Richmond attended the roundtable to advocate on behalf of local governments, and provided a summary of UBCM…
Expert Panel Consultations The Minister of Natural Resources has been mandated by the Prime Minister to modernize the National Energy Board (NEB) and to ensure that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in such fields as environmental science,…
An Advisory Committee was established by Multi-Material BC (MMBC) to inform and consult with BC stakeholders regarding the implementation of the printed paper and packaging stewardship program. As part of UBCM's efforts to monitor this implementation and the ongoing operation of…
The UBCM Small Water Systems Working Group has developed best management practices guidelines in an effort to address specific outstanding local government concerns around small water systems: Financial Best Management Practices Guidelines Subdivision Best Management Practices…
The UBCM Small Water Systems Working Group has developed guidelines for financial best management practices of small water systems.   Overview & Introduction Financial Best Management Practices for Small Community Water Systems in British Columbia [PDF - 739 KB] BMP A BMP…
The Provincial Urban Deer Cost-Share Program will help local governments or First Nations with funds to help address urban deer management challenges through operational or research projects. The program application is available untill November 17, 2017. Provincial Urban Deer…
Transport Canada is considering changes to the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals regulations. Local government feedback was sought prior to January 9, 2015. Overview: Proposed Changes to the Vessel Pollution & Dangerous Chemicals Regulations Detailed information:…