Sponsors: Cariboo Regional District
WHEREAS the purpose of the Province’s Rural Dividend Fund is to support rural communities and strengthen their economies;
AND WHEREAS this goal could be achieved in a more efficient manner if local governments did not have to apply and report on each application individually, but could plan the funding for appropriate projects with a cooperative, strategic lens:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the provincial government to provide a Rural Dividend allocation to local governments each year through a multi-year agreement, similar to the federal Gas Tax Fund, allowing the local government to effectively utilize the funds for local projects based on provincial criteria, and to complete the process through a simplified annual reporting structure.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting the province to amend the funding process/allocation for the Rural Dividend Fund. However, previous endorsed resolutions (2009-B29 Federal Provincial Infrastructure Program Funding and 2012-B69 Local Government Funding) have both requested for efficiency and streamlining improvements to existing federal and provincial funding programs.
UBCM notes that the Province has committed to extending the Rural Dividend Fund to 2021 ($25 million/ year). It is also noted that the Province will be considering a program review of the Rural Dividend Fund in 2018.