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Province of British Columbia
NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2019FLNR0120-000855
May 4, 2019
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Wildfire risk reduction grants benefit southeast B.C.

CASTLEGAR – As part of its ongoing commitment to reduce wildfire threats, the B.C. government is providing more than $907,000 in community resiliency investment grants to support projects in the Southeast Fire Centre.

“Community resiliency investment funding will help Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities increase their resiliency to wildfire threats,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The program is designed to support projects at the local level to help keep British Columbians safe.”

This funding is part of more than $6 million in community resiliency investment grants provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout the province, following the program’s first application intake. (See the list of grant recipients in the Southeast Fire Centre in the attached backgrounder.)

The community resiliency investment program was established in September 2018 with $50 million to assist local governments and First Nations to lower wildfire risks around their communities. As part of Budget 2019, the B.C. government has provided an additional $10 million.

“One of the best ways for communities to deal with wildfire risks is to embrace the FireSmart program and take positive steps to reduce those threats,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West.

Mitigating wildfire threats is a shared responsibility of the provincial government, local governments, First Nations, industry, stakeholders and individual British Columbians. The community resiliency investment program takes a holistic approach to risk reduction and fuel management treatments by considering fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land, private land, local government land and reserve land.

“As the 2019 wildfire season approaches, we must all do our part to keep our communities safe,” said Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “This funding will support local wildfire prevention efforts and help individuals become FireSmart.”

A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100% of a wildfire risk reduction project. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $100,000.

The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the community resiliency investment program and processes grant applications.

Learn More:

Community resiliency investment program: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention/funding-for-wildfire-prevention/crip

FireSmart and the seven FireSmart disciplines: www.firesmartbc.ca

More information about the application process is available on the Union of B.C. Municipalities website: www.ubcm.ca/cri

A backgrounder follows.

 
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Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506
 

 
Province of British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2019FLNR0120-000855
May 4, 2019
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
List of grants provided in Southeast Fire Centre

Recipients of community resiliency investment grants in the Southeast Fire Centre include:

  • Akisqnuk First Nation: $100,000 to assist with fuel and vegetation management
  • ?Aq’am First Nation: $96,000 to assist with planning and fuel and vegetation management
  • Village of Canal Flats: $73,325 to assist with education, planning, inter-agency co-operation, emergency planning, cross-training, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private land
  • City of Castlegar: $30,000 to assist with planning
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay: $145,000 to assist with education and FireSmart activities on private land
  • Regional District of East Kootenay: $100,000 to assist with education, inter-agency co-operation, emergency planning, cross-training and FireSmart activities on private land
  • District of Invermere: $98,230 to assist with education and fuel and vegetation management
  • Village of Midway: $40,000 to assist with education, inter-agency co-operation, cross-training, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private land
  • Village of Nakusp: $42,928 to assist with education, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private land
  • City of Rossland: $125,291 to assist with education, planning, FireSmart demonstration projects, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities on private land
 
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Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506
 

 
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