The Government of British Columbia is committed to helping local governments meet the infrastructure and job creation needs of their communities.
Successful communities need up-to-date and efficient infrastructure, including safe, clean drinking water, effective wastewater and stormwater management, transportation initiatives and public transit.
Since 2001, government has provided approximately $3 billion to local governments over and above previously existing funds.
Clean Water and Wastewater Fund
- In 2016, Premier Christy Clark announced $148.5 million for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
- The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund enables critical investments in local government infrastructure, specifically supporting long-term benefits in the rehabilitation of water, wastewater and stormwater systems, and for the planning and design of future facilities and upgrades to existing wastewater systems.
- Approved projects are cost shared 50% by the Government of Canada, 33% by the Province of British Columbia, and the remaining 17% from the local government.
- Thirty-five projects received approval under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund in September, 2016, representing $60 million in combined funding from the provincial and federal governments.
- In March 2017, the B.C. government and federal government announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects in B.C. through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
Gas Tax Fund
- Renewed in 2014 with the federal government and administered by UBCM on behalf of the Province, the Gas Tax Fund is part of the New Building Canada Plan that includes $1.3 billion for the first five years.
- The Gas Tax Fund supports the achievement of public health and environmental outcomes, significant job creation and assists in building the foundations of a robust and prosperous economy.
- In 2016, 66 infrastructure projects were approved with almost $120 million from the Gas Tax Fund.
- Thirty of the successful projects were for infrastructure and management planning projects; 36 were for infrastructure improvement projects.
Small Communities Fund
- The Small Communities Fund is part of the New Building Canada Plan that includes $1 billion dedicated to projects in communities with less than 100,000 residents.
- Small Communities Fund projects support economic growth, a clean environment and stronger communities.
- The Small Communities Fund received $109 million from both the provincial and federal governments for a total of $218 million, supporting infrastructure projects in B.C.
- Projects eligible for funding under the Small Communities Fund include: public transit, drinking water, wastewater, solid waste management, green energy, innovation, connectivity/broadband, brownfield redevelopment, disaster mitigation, local/regional airports, short-line rail, short-sea shipping and highways/roads.
- Of those, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is responsible for water, wastewater, solid waste management and green energy projects while the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is responsible for all other categories.
- Fifty-five Small Communities Fund projects were approved in 2015, representing $64 million in funding each from the provincial and federal governments for a total of $128 million.
- In March 2017, 26 Small Communities Fund projects were approved with over $87 million in federal and provincial funding.
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
- In 2016, the Government of Canada announced additional funding of $168.2 million for cultural infrastructure across Canada over the next two years.
- The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation through the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities and the acquisition of specialized equipment.
- B.C.’s estimated allocations through Canada Cultural Spaces Fund are $15 million for 2016/17 and $8.5 million in 2017/18.
- Eligible recipients include not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations, provincial and territorial governments, municipalities and their agencies, as well as equivalent First Nations institutions.