Sponsors: Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
Whereas the Community Resilience Investment Program’s funding model for FireSmart related activities on private property is capped at $100,000 per local government regardless of population or geographic area;
And whereas the funding model and funding eligibility requirements put geographically large regional districts at a notable disadvantage compared to local governments with significantly less wildfire interface areas:
Therefore be it resolved that the Province develop eligibility requirements for Community Resilience Investment Program funding, and a funding model, that are equitable and based on local government need.
The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not previously considered a request for the Province to develop eligibility requirements for Community Resilience Investment Program funding based on local government need.
However, the Committee notes that the UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions seeking provincial support and funding for carrying out wildfire mitigation activities (2018-B22, 2018-B97, 2018-B100, 2015-B5, 2012-B114, 2008-B59, 2007-B75).
Funding under the Community Resiliency Investment program, totaling $60 million, was announced in September 2018 and allows local governments and First Nations to apply for grants to undertake FireSmart and fuel management activities.
Funding is scaled to allow eligible applicants with lower risk of wildfire to apply for up to $25,000 and applicants with a demonstrated higher risk of wildfire to apply for up to $100,000 per year. In addition, applications that include fuel management on Provincial Crown land primarily within administrative boundaries may exceed the funding maximum for fuel management activities only. For the 2019 program, there was no funding cap to the additional dollars that eligible communities could apply for fuel management on Provincial Crown land primarily within administrative boundaries.