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What people are saying about the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy –

“We invite and encourage municipalities to apply for climate adaptation funding that will better protect and safeguard our communities from the current and future threats of climate change. By investing in better planning tools with local communities and First Nations, we can significantly reduce the impacts of extreme weather events and build a more resilient future that protects people and the places we live.”

Ken Popove, mayor, Chilliwack –

“We have seen first-hand how important it is to maintain and upgrade flood infrastructure in the Fraser Valley, like the Chilliwack Creek Drainage Pump Station, which serves over 8,400 hectares as a critical component of our flood-protection system. This funding from UBCM and the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness will allow us to conduct a study that will give us a better understanding of how we can improve the drainage pump station and where to focus future upgrades.”

Jenny Freeman, emergency management co-ordinator, ɬaʔamɩn (Tla’amin) First Nation –

“Disaster risk reduction, especially related to climate change, is a critical point of focus for our community. The DRR CEPF funding stream will support us in identifying our vulnerabilities around coastal flooding… and also support our capacity for self-determination and effective recovery. We believe that opportunities for our community members to be heard via effective engagement and education, are a vital aspect of moving forward with strategies to manage risk. Applying for this funding has not only connected us with a wealth of regional resources, but has also supported the prioritization of Tla’amin Nation history and Ta’ow (traditional teachings) within emergency planning.”

Ward Stamer, mayor, District of Barriere –

“This DRR funding is vitally important so that Barriere understands the environmental hazards that could critically damage our public and private infrastructure. If there is one thing we have learned from recent climate-related weather, it is that our community needs to be planning and building appropriately for these events to better equip ourselves and ultimately reduce the future costs for infrastructure and social recovery from weather-related events that seemingly are happening every year with fire, floods or heat-related events.”

Malcolm Brodie, mayor, Richmond –

“Recent extreme weather events have reinforced how important it is for communities to have systems and infrastructure in place to protect their residents, businesses and property. Richmond has a long history of investment in flood protection. This $2.2 million in funding will ensure our city is even more prepared to respond in an emergency through robust mitigation planning and pump-station upgrades.”

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund recipients

Local governments and First Nations throughout British Columbia will receive $23.4 million in provincial Community Emergency Preparedness Funds as follows.

Funding is divided into three categories:

  • Category 1 (C1): Foundational activities (risk mapping, risk assessments, planning)
  • Category 2 (C2): Non-structural activities (land use planning, community education, purchase of eligible equipment)
  • Category 3 (C3): Small scale structural activities

?akisqnuk First Nation – C1, C2: Integrated Climate Change Management Plan
Total approved funding: $250,000

Barriere – C1: Floodplain Mapping – North Thompson River
Total approved funding: $141,540

Central Kootenay Regional District – C1, C2: Creston Valley Flood Management: Defining “Safe for the use intended”
Total approved funding: $278,124.37

Central Saanich – C1, C2: Understanding Risk: Creating an Organizational Culture of DRR
Total approved funding: $269,113.25

Chilliwack – C1: Chilliwack Creek Draining Pump Station Upgrade Preliminary Design, Phase 1
Total approved funding: $150,000

Clearwater – C1: Extended Flood Mapping and Mitigation Plan
Total approved funding: $146,120

Clinton – C1: Floodplain Mapping and Flood Mitigation Plan
Total approved funding: $149,150

Comox Valley Regional District – C2: Comox Road Flood Mitigation Process
Total approved funding: $129,850

Cranbrook – C1: Phillips Reservoir Capacity Modelling & Gold Creek Dam Design
Total approved funding: $150,000

Esquimalt – C1, C2, C3: Community Risk Assessment and Climate Adaptation Planning and Esquimalt Gorge Park: Green Shores Demonstration Project for Climate Resiliency
Total approved funding: $198,720

Fort St. John – C2, C3: Bouffioux Coulee Remediation – 2023 Lift Station
Total approved funding: $2,145,000

Fraser Valley Regional District – C1, C2: Flood Protection Gap Assessment and Infrastructure Policy Framework
Total approved funding: $216,000

Houston – C1: Silverstone Creek Flood Mitigation Planning and Design
Total approved funding: $150,000

Keremeos – C1, C2: Flood Mitigation Plan
Total approved funding: $198,900

Kitimat – C2: Flood Mitigation Planning and Community Education
Total approved funding: $80,000

Langley Township – C1, C3: Anderson Creek Floodplain Mapping and Salmon Riverbank Stabilization
Total approved funding: $890,000

Malahat First Nation – C1: Sea Level Rise / Flood Inundation Integrated Assessment and Adaptation Plan
Total approved funding: $110,904.80

Merritt – C3: Coldwater River Flood Mitigation – Public Works to Canford Avenue Dike
Total approved funding: $2,000,000

Metro Vancouver – C1: Electoral Area A Geotechnical Study – Phase 2
Total approved funding: $50,000

Nanaimo Regional District – C1: Geohazard Risk Prioritization Study
Total approved funding: $150,000

Nazko First Nation – C1, C2: Disaster Risk Mapping, Planning and Emergency Communications Enhancements
Total approved funding: $230,937

New Westminster – C3: Queensborough Dike Shoreline Protection Rehabilitation
Total approved funding: $800,000

North Cowichan – C1: Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation Planning
Total approved funding: $150,000

North Vancouver District – Regional, C1: North Shore Resilience Framework and Roadmap to Implementation
Regional Partners: North Vancouver City, West Vancouver, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Total approved funding: $369,066

Old Masset Village Council – C1: Creation of a Community Resilience Tool for Haida Gwaii
Total approved funding: $148,175

Osoyoos – C2, C3: Town of Osoyoos High Priority Flood Mitigation Works
Total approved funding: $1,688,768

Pauquachin First Nation – Regional, C1, C2: Understanding Risk: Creating an Organizational Culture of DRR
Regional Partners: Tsartlip First Nations, Tseycum First Nations

Total approved funding: $655,410

Peachland – C3: Extreme Heat Cooling Centre - Air Conditioning Replacement Project
Total approved funding: $82,389

Pemberton – C1: Meager Creek Landslide Debris Restoration
Total approved funding: $150,000

Princeton – C1, C2: Flood Mapping, Mitigation Plan Update and Policy Development
Total approved funding: $300,000

Richmond – C1, C2, C3: Flood Risk Hydrodynamic Modeling; Flood Protection System Emergency Reconstruction Strategy; Drainage Pump Station Climate Adaptation and Resilience Upgrade
Total approved funding: $2,285,000

Saanich – C1, C2: Colquitz Park Green Shores Demonstration Project
Total approved funding: $132,700

Skwlax te Secwepemculecw – C1: Little River Bank Stability Assessment
Total approved funding: $103,430

Smithers – Regional, C1, C3: Bulkley River Disaster Preparedness and Adaptation Project
Regional Partners: Bulkley-Nechako Regional District, Telkwa

Total approved funding: $1,960,600

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation – C1: Sea Level Rise/Flood Inundation Integrated Assessment and Adaptation Plan
Total approved funding: $148,359.70

Sq’ewlets First Nation – C2: Flood Adaptation Plan and Rain Gauges
Total approved funding: $106,337

Squamish – C1: Siyich’em Reserve/Eagle Viewing Area Dike Breach Modelling
Total approved funding: $150,000

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District – C3: Catiline Creek Debris Flow Mitigation Project - Electoral Area C - Phase 1
Total approved funding: $2,000,000

Strathcona Regional District – Regional, C1, C2: Vertical Tsunami Evacuation Structure Design and Tsunami Public Education and First Nation Art Project
Regional Partners:
Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations, Campbell River, Nuchatlaht First Nation, Ehattesaht First Nation, Homalco First Nation, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, Mount Waddington Regional District, Gold River, Port Alice, Tahsis, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, We Wai Kai Nation
Total approved funding: $319,000

Summerland – C1: Isintok Dam Spillway Upgrade project
Total approved funding: $150,000

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Regional, C1: Coastal Flood Risk Mapping and Adaptation Strategy
Regional Partners: Sechelt, Islands Trust, Gibsons

Total approved funding: $510,000

T'lat'lasik'wala First Nation – C1, C2: Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment
Total approved funding: $300,000

Tla’amin Nation – C1, C2: Shoreline Naturalization Plan
Total approved funding: $185,000

Tofino – C1: Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structure: Preliminary Planning and Class C Cost Estimate
Total approved funding: $150,000

Tsawout First Nation – C1: Community Flood Mapping, Risk Assessment, and Conceptual Planning for Erosion Mitigation
Total approved funding: $149,707.80

Tsleil-Waututh Nation – C3: Reserve Shoreline Adaptation and Habitat Enhancement Project
Total approved funding: $2,000,000

Upper Nicola Band – C2: Foreshore Integrated Management Planning on Nicola Lake
Total approved funding: $150,000

Victoria – C3: Public Cooling Infrastructure: Misting Stations
Total approved funding: $65,000

Xeni Gwet'in First Nations – C1: Climate Resiliency Planning
otal approved funding: $150,000