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CARIP Summary Report 2016

BC Local Governments Continue to Demonstrate Commitment to Climate Action

Since the BC Climate Action Charter inception in 2007, 187 local governments have signed the Charter and made clear commitments to take actions towards reducing corporate and community-wide GHG emissions. The 2016 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report indicates that BC local governments continue to address climate change and make their contribution towards achieving a sustainable future in the province through innovative approaches to planning, policy development and implementation. Find inspiration by browsing through examples of local government climate action on BC the Toolkit’s success stories page.

Take a look at the 2016 CARIP summary report

New advisory team announced to help BC meet climate goals while maintaining economic prosperity

The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy recently announced new team of the Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council that will provide strategic advice to government on areas of focus for climate action that go hand in hand with economic growth. The council will provide advice and feedback on climate policy to the ministry’s Climate Action Secretariat and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on a regular basis.

Learn more about the advisory council

Smart Cities Challenge

Smart Cities Challenge is now open to Canadian Communities that lead the way in innovation

Canadian municipalities, regional governments, and Indigenous communities are invited to participate in the Smart Cities Challenge for a chance to win one of four prizes (up to $50 million) towards implementation of projects that use data and connected technology to bring about meaningful outcomes for community residents. All finalists will receive a grant of $250,000 to develop their smart cities proposals. Winning communities will be awarded with money to help implement them.

Find out how you can participate

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FCM offers asset management training to all Canadian municipalities

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has partnered with 22 organizations nation-wide to design and deliver asset management training options that will enable communities to develop or further their asset management programs. Asset management training can help municipalities make more strategic decisions on infrastructure projects, learn how to incorporate asset management practices into daily work functions using existing resources, and connect with peer communities that have developed asset management programs.

Find out more on this initiative

Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

GUIDEBOOKBC Step Code: A Best Practices Guide for Local Governments

REPORTFederal Policies for Low-Carbon Buildings: A blueprint to implement the Pan-Canadian Framework buildings strategy

REPORT: Defining And Scoping Municipal Natural Assets: Making Nature Count

REPORT: Focused acceleration: A strategic approach to climate action in cities to 2030 – C40 Cities

REPORT: Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum 2017 Final Report

REPORT: Cyclelogistics: Opportunities for moving goods by bicycle in Toronto

WEBINAR RECORDINGFinding the Business Case for EVs in Public Fleets

WEBINAR RECORDINGGreen Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Governments

ONLINE TOOLProject Navigator for Bankable renewable energy project development

Upcoming Attractions

HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

FCM’s 2018 Sustainable Communities Conference
Feb. 6th – 8th, 2018 at the Westin Hotel, Ottawa.

The Value of Biogas West
Jan. 16-17, 2018 in Abbotsford, BC.

FortisBC Rental Apartment Efficiency Program - Local Governments can take advantage of this free program to reduce community GHG emissions in rental apartment buildings. Contact Jordan Fisher at 778-783-0315 or email

The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program - grants to support local government in projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure. Apply by Jan. 17, 2018. 

Zero-emission specialty vehicles rebates - available for electric or hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles, low-speed utility trucks, heavy duty transport trucks, passenger buses and airport and port service vehicles.

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Participate in the Dialogue: Join the Toolkit LinkedIn Group

Connect and share knowledge with your peers! Join the BC Climate Action Toolkit LinkedIn group, a closed moderated group for local governments and their stakeholders. Help create a lively discussion amongst industry professionals and propel Climate Action efforts in BC.

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