Downloading of DNA Analysis Costs



NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse


WHEREAS the Province of BC has decided, without meaningfully consulting local governments, to transfer a substantial portion of provincial costs under the federal-provincial Agreement Respecting Biological Casework Analysis 2014-2024 (BCAA) to municipalities with populations greater than 5000;

AND WHEREAS the cost of DNA analysis services in BC is projected to increase 127% between 2014/15 and 2019/20, with $2.9 million in unexpected costs being shifted onto municipalities in 2016/17 alone, creating significant additional pressure on municipal finances and flying in the face of the “one taxpayer” principle commonly invoked by the provincial government:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the North Central Local Government Association urge the Province of British Columbia to reverse the decision to download DNA costing to British Columbian Municipalities and lobby the Federal Government to amend the Agreement.