Climate action funds provided in Cariboo region

Cariboo communities recognized for their commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities.

The B.C. government is providing funding to local governments in the Cariboo in recognition of their commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities in B.C.

Funded through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, these grants together total $44,214.

The recipients are 100 Mile House – $4,230, Cariboo Regional District – $13,722, and Williams Lake – $26,262

“The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program is a conditional grant program that provides funding to Climate Action Charter signatories,” the provincial government noted in a press release. “ Communities that have signed the Climate Action Charter and report publicly on their progress toward meeting their climate action goals receive a grant equivalent to 100 per cent of the carbon tax they pay directly, for a total of more than $6.2 million province wide in 2012.”

As signatories of the Climate Action Charter, the recipient local governments garnered grants through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program to support their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work toward their Charter goals.

Since 2008, the B.C. government has provided $19 million through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program. Currently, 95 per cent of communities in B.C. have signed the Climate Action Charter.

“Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, and the Cariboo Regional District are dedicated to lowering their greenhouse gas emissions, and these grants help them work towards that goal. I’m glad to see our government helping them by providing them with this funding,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. To learn more about the program visit  http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/greencommunities/carip.htm