Municipal governments receive over $600 000 to support greener communities

SURREY – The B.C. government has provided three grants totalling over $600 000 to Surrey, Delta and White Rock in recognition of their commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities.

“With Earth Day today, it is important to recognize community efforts to reduce carbon emissions,” said Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt. “Our municipalities are working hard to reduce their environmental footprints and create a cleaner future for residents.”

“The City of White Rock has demonstrated its commitment to decreasing the negative impacts of climate change through the development of a transportation plan, and a commitment to increasing green space,” said Gordon Hogg, MLA for Surrey-White Rock. “The climate action grant provided by the provincial government will support White Rock’s continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions.”

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program provides conditional grants to communities that have signed the Climate Action Charter and supports their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Communities that report publicly on their progress toward meeting their climate action goals are eligible to receive a grant equivalent to 100 per cent of the carbon tax they pay directly.

“Returning carbon tax revenue allows municipal governments to continue working towards their goals from the BC Climate Action Charter,” said Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton. “I look forward to the continued partnership between local and provincial government to develop a greener British Columbia.”

In March 2015, $6.4 million was provided to B.C. communities.

Since 2008, the B.C. government has provided more than $25 million through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program. Currently, 96 per cent of communities in B.C. have signed the Climate Action Charter.

To learn about the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, please visit:  http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/greencommunities/carip.htm.