WILLIAMS LAKE –The B.C. government is providing $30,418 to Williams Lake in recognition of their commitment to support healthier, more sustainable community. As a signatory of the Climate Action Charter, the City of Williams Lake received this grant to support their 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.