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We are excited to announce that we’re working hard making significant improvements to the BC Climate Action Toolkit website to make your experience of accessing resources and information efficient and useful. Help us to ensure the Toolkit houses the latest and greatest resources related to climate mitigation and adaptation. Email us at and share resources, tools, policy examples, case studies or any other valuable data that you have recently used or developed in the following areas:

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Village of Salmo

Success Story: Sustainable Salmo plan helps the Village’s work towards reducing GHG emissions

In 2016, The Village of Salmo, BC, initiated Sustainable Salmo, a planning process to update the Village’s Official Community Plan (OCP). The Village of Salmo’s approach involved merging their OCP with Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP). Sustainable Salmo also incorporated the results of the Strategic Community Energy and Emissions Plan (SCEEP). Learn more about the business case, the anticipated energy savings and other benefits of this project.

Read the Sustainable Salmo Plan Story

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B.C. is on the road to 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040

The Province of British Columbia has announced its intention to require the sale of all new light-duty cars and trucks to be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by the year 2040. Legislation is expected to be introduced next spring and will include targets of 10% ZEV sales by 2025, and 30% by 2030. The announcement includes continued investments in charging infrastructure and vehicle incentives to make ZEVs more affordable and convenient.

Learn more about 100% ZEV sales announcement

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Join the Emotive Campaigns Network, BC’s electric vehicle outreach and engagement community

Interested in electric vehicle outreach and education in your community? A new Emotive Campaigns Network provides a hub where communities can collaborate on how best to deliver local and regional electric vehicle campaigns and discuss topics of interest to participants. The Campaign Network will provide a place to generate ideas around materials, campaign or event tactics, learn about existing successful campaigns and EV outreach efforts, and share challenges and solutions. Contact Sara at to join or learn more.

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Better Buildings BC provides incentives for Net-Zero Energy-Ready buildings

The Province of BC recently launched Better Buildings BC: The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge. This is a provincial incentive program and juried competition designed to support, promote and celebrate the design and construction of net-zero energy-ready buildings. The program provides incentives to builders and developers of multi-family, commercial, and institutional buildings that are designed to achieve the top tier of the BC Energy Step Code. Expressions of Interest are due by November 30, 2018 and should be sent to

Learn more about this program

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New Organics Infrastructure Program supports organics diversion from landfills

The Province of BC has recently announced a joint investment with the Government of Canada to support the Organics Infrastructure Program in British Columbia. The program will help divert unprocessed municipal organic waste from landfills and/or agricultural waste from direct land application, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Local governments are invited to apply as main applicants but can choose to team with a range of partners. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are due by November 30, 2018 (extended from November 7th).

Learn more about this program

Green Shores

Join Green Shores Local Government Group

Green Shores Local Government Group helps enhance the capacity of staff and elected officials who work with landowners and other stakeholders in shoreline planning and protection through the Green Shores program. This work is especially important in light of climate change adaptation and the need to integrate Green Shores with other key planning and community engagement processes. Local Governments are invited to submit expressions of interest to joining the Green Shores Local Government Working Group for the January 2019 intake. Contact

Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

REPORT: IPCC’s special report on the impacts of global warming

GUIDEBOOK: Building Blocks of Asset Management - Getting started with asset management in your municipality 

TOOL: Asset Management Presentation is a new tool offered by FCM to help you start the asset management conversation in your municipality.

PROGRAM: Asset Management Professional Program for Municipalities - customized offering of PEMAC's Asset Management Professional (AMP) education and certification program at a significantly subsidized fee. 

RESOURCE CENTER: Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) - facilitates access to climate data and tools through features such as the Library of Climate Resources, interactive climate data viewer and extraction tool, and a climate services support desk

REPORT: Too Small to Fail – Protecting Canadian Communities from Floods - highlights 11 projects completed across Canada. 

REPORT: The State of the Circular Economy in America: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges

Upcoming Attractions

HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

ANNOUNCEMENT: B.C. tops up clean-energy vehicle incentive program

WORKSHOP: Advancing Collaborative Climate Adaptation in British ColumbiaICLEI Canada - November 27, 2018 in Victoria, B.C 

EVENT: 100% Renewable Transit – Seattle and Vancouver, November 28 at 12:30 – 1:30PM in Vancouver, BC

EVENT: Getting Climate Ready - Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities workshop, November 29, 2018 at 8am - 4pm in Terrace, BC Workshop

WEBINAR: Applying the Climate Lens Resilience Assessment in a BC Context - Tuesday, December 4 | 10:00am to 11:00am PST

EVENT: 2019 Value of Biogas West, January 15-16, 2019 in Vancouver, BC

EVENT: 2019 High Ground – Centre for Civic Governance Forum, March 29 - 30 in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

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

FUNDING: 2019 PICS Internship Call for Proposals – funding available for local and regional governments to hire a student interns for projects that will produce leading climate solutions research to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. Application deadline is December 10, 2019

FUNDING: Structural Flood Mitigation Funding - second intake 


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