QUESNEL –The B.C. government is providing $51,551 to communities in Cariboo-North for their recognition and commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities. The City of Quesnel will receive $48,768, and the District of Wells will receive $2,783 to support their community’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work toward its Climate Action Charter goals.
The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program is a conditional grant program that provides funding to Climate Action Charter signatories. Communities that signed the Climate Action Charter and 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. A total of $6.8 million province wide will be paid out in the fiscal year 2013/14.
Since 2008, the B.C. government has provided $19 million through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program. Climate Action Charter communities monitor and chart their progress year over year. They also support public transparency. Currently, 96 per cent of communities in B.C. have signed the Climate Action Charter.