As part of its ongoing commitment to reduce wildfire threats, the B.C. government is providing more than $72,700 in community resiliency investment grants to support projects in the Cowichan Valley.
“Community resiliency investment funding will help Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities increase their resiliency to wildfire threats,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The program is designed to support projects at the local level to help keep British Columbians safe.”
This funding is part of more than $6 million in community resiliency investment grants provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout the province, following the program’s first application intake.
The community resiliency investment program was established in September 2018 with $50 million to assist local governments and First Nations to lower wildfire risks around their communities. As part of Budget 2019, the B.C. government has provided an additional $10 million.
Recipients of community resiliency investment grants in the Cowichan Valley area include:
- Cowichan Valley Regional District: $38,240 to assist with education, and fuel and vegetation management
- Municipality of North Cowichan: $34,500 to assist with planning
“Wildfires are a fact of life in British Columbia, but our government works closely with communities, First Nations, industry and other stakeholders to reduce wildfire risks,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “These grants will help achieve those goals and provide employment opportunities.”
Mitigating wildfire threats is a shared responsibility of the provincial government, local governments, First Nations, industry, stakeholders and individual British Columbians. The community resiliency investment program takes a holistic approach to risk reduction and fuel management treatments by considering fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land, private land, local government land and reserve land.
A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100% of a wildfire risk reduction project. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $100,000.
The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the community resiliency investment program and processes grant applications.
Community resiliency investment program: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention/funding-for-wildfire-prevention/crip
FireSmart and the seven FireSmart disciplines: www.firesmartbc.ca
More information about the application process is available on the Union of B.C. Municipalities website: www.ubcm.ca/cri