The B.C. Government has announced more than $35,000 in funding to Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) in recognition of their commitment to support a healthier, more sustainable community.

In March 2015, $6.4 million was provided through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program to B.C. communities. From this funding, the CRD received $14,821. Next month Williams Lake will be receiving $29,466.

“As a clean energy leader, British Columbia continues to remain on target for being at the forefront of creating incentives for low carbon economic innovation,” says Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “This funding will help the both Williams Lake and the CRD move forward with projects that enhance environmental protection, create new jobs, provide more economic opportunities and support for cleaner technologies to take root in our province.”

“B.C.’s investments in carbon offsets support innovation, new jobs, economic opportunities and green technologies in communities in our province,” says Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “I am proud that both the Cariboo Regional District and Williams Lake are sharing our province’s success by receiving this funding for climate change leadership and policy innovation.”

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.

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.