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Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs or resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

Local Government Program Services

Structural Flood Mitigation: The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund is a suite of funding programs intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents in responding to emergencies. The Structural Flood Mitigation stream supports eligible applicants to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impacts of hazards through construction of structural flood mitigation projects. The application deadline is April 13, 2018.

Regional Community to Community Forum Program: Matching funds of up to $5,000 are available to support elected officials and/or senior staff of neighbouring First Nations and local governments to meet to address issues of common concern. The 2018/19 C2C program has been enhanced to increase focus on reconciliation, support coordinated approaches to emergency prevention, response and recovery, and to allow elected officials or senior staff to be eligible participants. The next intake deadline is June 1, 2018.

Final reports for all grants awarded under the 2017/18 C2C program are due no later than April 30, 2018.

Other Funding

Climate change staff grants: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities now offers grants of up to $125,000 over two years to help municipalities like yours supplement the salary of a new or existing staff person working on climate change initiatives.

First Nations Adapt Program: This federal program supports First Nation communities to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.  It prioritizes communities most impacted by sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road failures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Climate change and infrastructure planning programs: The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have launched two programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Climate Innovation Program and The Municipal Asset Management Program will deliver funding, training, and learning opportunities to build local government capacity.


Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: Communities across Canada are encouraged to participate in projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighbourhoods on Saturday May 5, 2018.

Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland urban interface fire: A recording of this recent webinar, addressing the question of why some homes survived the 2016 Horse River wildfire with little or no damage while others were vulnerable to ignition and destroyed, is now available online.

Post-Natural Disturbance Forest Retention Guidance: BC’s Chief Forester has issued a report to guide decision makers on whether to leave or salvage fire damaged from last year’s wildfires. She cautions that yielding to the health of ecosystems may be the most beneficial action in the long-term.

Building sustainable communities with asset management: This guidebook is designed for municipal staff or elected officials in medium and large municipalities who are responsible for green projects or who are interested in municipal sustainable development.

Retooling for Climate Change: The Fraser Basin Council hosts this website which aims to be your first-stop website for information on climate change adaptation.

Funding your Community Energy and Climate Initiatives: The Community Energy Association has just released its updated Funding Guide for BC Local Governments, featuring more than 40 funding programs that support local government energy planning, energy efficiency measures, renewable energy projects and sustainable transportation initiatives.

Introduction to climate change action for elected officials: A recording of this recent webinar, exploring the major concepts of climate change and related impacts on municipalities, is now available online.

Smart Cities Challenge: The Government of Canada, through Infrastructure Canada, wants innovative solutions to economic, environmental, and social problems. The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition to help solve Canada’s biggest challenges using a smart cities approach. It is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across the country. Communities have until April 24, 2018 to submit their applications.

cá độ trực tuyến Smart Cities Expo World Forum: This Toronto conference May 7 & 8, 2018, will cover Smart City Vertical Application such as Smart Grid, Smart Transportation, Smart Health, Smart Building Management Systems, Enterprise IoT, Smart Lighting, Fog Computing, Big Data Analytics and Smart Governance.

CivicInfo BC: British Columbia's local government information hub offers comprehensive organizational and grant directories, events listings, tools for training, research and career development, bids & tenders, and other resources.

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