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What people are saying about the Local Government Climate Action Program

Linda Buchanan, mayor, City of North Vancouver –

“The effects of climate change are increasingly clear as we experience more extreme weather events. These challenges require all levels of government to redouble their efforts in building a low-carbon and sustainable future. The Local Government Climate Action Program will support communities of all sizes as they invest in green infrastructure that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while also improving social and economic outcomes for people. I thank the Province for this investment as it will provide local governments the means to create better communities for generations to come.”

Arjun Singh, councillor, City of Kamloops; member of Climate Solutions Council –

“This new climate program will be an important resource for the City of Kamloops to help implement our climate action plan to move away from fossil fuels toward a cleaner future with better infrastructure and amenities for everyone in our community. I’m pleased to see the Province listened to local governments and my fellow members on the independent Climate Solutions Council in designing the program so communities big and small benefit.”

Toni Boot, mayor, District of Summerland; member of Climate Solutions Council –

“The District of Summerland is very pleased with the new Local Government Climate Action Program and the $76 million in funding over three years in Budget 2022. Summerland employs a full-time climate-action staff person and annually allocates monies for climate initiatives. In September 2021, we received the Community Energy Association’s Climate and Energy Action Award in the Corporate Operations category. The award recognizes the district’s leadership in moving from planning to implementation in the climate-action space. It’s through our previous collaborations with the Province and this new program that this work is made possible.”

Lisa Helps, Mayor, City of Victoria – 

“Local governments are key partners in the Province delivering on the ambitious objectives of CleanBC. This funding will assist local governments to continue to take bold climate action. It will also enable collaboration among local governments like the work we have been doing through the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Leadership Plan steering committee, allowing large and small, rural and urban local governments to work together and to work with First Nations. This funding will help advance that work.”

Leonard Krog, mayor, City of Nanaimo –

“The new Local Government Climate Action Program is a welcome addition to help municipalities like Nanaimo build on the climate actions we’ve taken so far to improve our community infrastructure, drive down emissions and create new opportunities for people in the clean economy. The new program will provide a stable source of funding to support future planning and action as we work to meet our emissions targets and prepare for future climate impacts.”

Brian Frenkel, councillor, District of Vanderhoof –

“The Local Government Climate Action Program funding will build capacity in small and rural local governments throughout B.C., to help showcase innovative new technologies, and support community-based climate action leadership. The new fund will provide important funding to secure stronger action and collaboration across governments to help rural communities reduce emissions and respond to their own local climate impacts.”

Lori Ackerman, mayor, Fort St. John –

“If there is a community that understands energy from creation to consumption, it’s ours. Fort St. John is a leader in reducing emissions and responding to climate impacts in our community where a real impact can be achieved. Over the past several years, we have initiated innovative projects that create energy, reduce emissions and leave a lighter footprint. The Local Government Climate Action Program will enable us to continue to invest in projects and showcase real action on the ground, in the community where we live, work and play.”

Linda Worley, chair, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) –

“The RDKB is delighted that the Province is launching its new Local Government Climate Action Program and providing continued financial support for local governments to help reduce emissions and respond to climate impacts. The RDKB is committed to climate action and working with its communities to mitigate, adapt and prepare for climate change. We’ve taken a range of actions, from supporting electric vehicle infrastructure to implementing a region-wide organics-diversion strategy that included rural residents. These projects allowed the RDKB to successfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% when compared to 2012 emissions.” 

Dale Littlejohn, executive director, Community Energy Association –

“Congratulations to the Government of B.C. for what might be the most strategic support for local climate action in more than a decade. Local governments influence about half the emissions in B.C., and this support comes at a critical time, as many communities work to cut those emissions in half this decade. The speed and scale of these reductions and regional nature of many solutions necessitates cross-community collaboration, particularly for capacity-constrained small communities. This program can provide the spark for large-scale and collaborative actions in every corner of the province in partnership with the Province.”