NORTH VANCOUVER – The Province has granted $1,405,017 to the North Shore communities of West Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and District of North Vancouver as part of a $63.8-million funding infusion to help communities with their spending priorities.

This is being done in three ways:

  • Through the Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF), communities across B.C. are receiving $30 million in Small Community and Regional District Grants to support investments in basic local government services.
  • In this first SCIF instalment for 2011, the Province is also returning $30 million in net traffic fine revenues to eligible municipalities.
  • In addition, being green has paid off in more ways than one as local governments will be reimbursed for the carbon taxes they paid in 2010. This amounts to $3.8 million.

Quotes:

“Local governments play a vital role in people’s day-to-day lives – this funding will help them continue to make our communities safer and cleaner.”                – West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan

“This is significant investment that recognizes the critical role that municipalities play in delivering important public services. As North Vancouver and West Vancouver continue to grow, these programs will ensure that local governments will have the resources to ensure the delivery of programs that meet the needs of our residents.”                – North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite

“One function of the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program is to reimburse local governments for the carbon taxes paid in 2010. This extra funding will go a long way in helping North Shore communities with green initiatives.”                – North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto

“The best way to support local community objectives is simple – local governments know local issues best.  This funding allows them to invest in their own unique priorities and programs.”                – West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Joan McIntyre

Additional information:

  • The Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing program assists municipalities that directly pay police enforcement costs. The grants come from ticket fines and court-imposed fines on violation tickets, and the amount of money a municipality receives is based on its contribution to total municipal policing costs.
  • The Small Community and Regional District Grants are unconditional grants to local governments that assist them in providing basic services. Grant amounts are based on a formula that factors in a base amount, population and assessment values.
  • On Sept. 24, 2008, the Province announced the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program to offset the carbon tax for local governments that have signed the B.C. Climate Action Charter. To be eligible for the program, communities are required to report annually on the steps they are taking – and progress they have made – to become carbon neutral by 2012.
  • Communities that have signed the Climate Action Charter receive a conditional grant equal to 100 per cent of their carbon tax costs to support their climate change efforts.

Learn more about:

B.C. local governments: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/

Climate Action Charter at: http://www.livesmartbc.ca/community/charter.html

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