Sponsors: Kitimat Stikine Regional District
Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Defeated by the UBCM Membership
WHEREAS the Climate Action Charter of British Columbia which was initiated by the Province through Bill 27 and has been instituted Province wide;
AND WHEREAS in order to meet the Province’s carbon neutral goals the Province has mandated a system of carbon offset purchases by government funded authorities such as the Provincial Health Authorities;
AND WHEREAS these Authorities are spending tax money to purchase carbon offsets;
AND WHEREAS our communities could be better served using this money in the services that they were originally intended for;
AND WHEREAS the Health Authorities are not eligible to apply for capital upgrade grants from the Pacific Carbon Trust:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Province of BC to suspend the requirements for carbon offset payments by Health Authorities indefinitely and look for alternative methods of achieving carbon neutrality that do not impact service delivery by these Health Authorities.
The UBCM Membership considered but did not endorse resolution 2009-B82, which called on the Province to exempt Health Authorities from paying the carbon tax.
The Committee notes that the provincial carbon-neutral public sector initiative applies to all provincial public operations, including core government (ministry) operations, school districts, health authorities, post-secondary institutions and Crown agencies. All public sector organizations are required to purchase offsets to become carbon neutral.