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2019 CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting Deadline Approaching

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant that provides funding to eligible local government signatories to the BC Climate Action Charter, equivalent to one hundred percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly. To be eligible for the CARIP grant, local governments are required to fill out the CARIP survey and report on their climate actions and progress towards carbon neutrality by June 1, 2019.

Find out more about Carbon Neutral Local Government

Canada's Changing Climate Report

Canada’s Changing Climate Report

Recent report from the Government of Canada found that Canada is warming at twice the rate compared to the global average. The Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action report is about how and why Canada’s climate has changed and what changes are projected for the future. The report documents changes across Canada in temperature, precipitation, snow, ice, permafrost and freshwater availability as well as in Canada’s three oceans.

Explore the digital, interactive version of the Report

Saanich Agriculture and Food Security Plan

Success Story: Saanich Adopts Agriculture and Food Security Plan

The District of Saanich recently adopted new Agriculture and Food Security Plan which sets a long-term vision to support a thriving, accessible, and environmentally responsible food system. The Plan outlines household waste reduction, sustainable water management, integration with natural ecosystems, and increased local production as strategies to reduce food related emissions in the community and support the new commitment by the District to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% below 2007 levels by 2050.

Download this Plan

ZEV Incentives

Federal Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Incentives

If you’re looking to electrify your fleet, the federal government has announced purchase and lease incentives program for new zero-emission vehicles. The program will kick in on May 1st, 2019 and will provide an incentive for consumers who buy or lease an eligible ZEV. The federal ZEV incentive can be applied in addition to incentives offered by the Province.

Learn more here

Adaptation Canada 2020

Canada’s National Adaptation Conference 2020 - Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open for Adaptation Canada 2020 conference, hosted in Vancouver February 19-21, 2020. The deadline for submissions is May 21, 2019. The conference will bring together experts and leaders from across sectors and regions to work on one of the most urgent issues of our time — how to build climate change resilience in our communities, ecosystems and economies.

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Help us make the Toolkit work for you!

We are excited to announce that we’re working hard on making significant improvements to the BC Climate Action Toolkit website to make your experience of browsing the website efficient and practical. Join us in making the Toolkit the most comprehensive library of resources to meet your needs! We are consolidating the latest, most practical resources on climate action in an online library to support local government staff working on climate change projects and we need your help with identifying the best resources out there. Email us at to share with us resources, tools, policy examples, case studies or any other valuable data that you have used or find useful in your work of reducing GHG emissions in the following areas:

  • Drinking Water & Wastewater Services
  • Transportation
  • Planning and Land Use
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Buildings and other Infrastructure
  • Greenspace and Resource Management
  • Emergency Risk Management
  • Health & Social Planning
Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

WEBINAR RECORDINGS: Plastic waste management solutions for Canadian municipalities

GUIDE: Engaging students to increase public transit ridership

REPORT: Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon

DATA PORTAL: Historical Canadian climate data

Upcoming Attractions

HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

FUNDING: Community Energy Leadership Program is accepting Expressions of Interest for its Round 4 Funding Intake – deadline is May 15, 2019

PILOT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY: Public Sector Digest is looking for municipalities interested in participating in Climate Change Adaptation Wizard - Canadian Pilot program

EVENT: EnVision 2019 Conference: Accelerating Energy System Transformation - May 2-3, 2019 at the University of Victoria

EVENT: CNAM 2019 - Annual Canadian Network of Asset Managers Conference - May 6-9, 2019 in Kelowna, BC 

EVENT: State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations Conference - May 29-30, 2019 in Vancouver

EVENT: BC Active Transportation Summit - June 17-18, in New Westminster

EVENT: National Adaptation Conference - February 19-21, 2020 in Vancouver 

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