The B.C. Government has provided $29,466 to Williams Lake in recognition of their commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities.

“Continuing to find innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the impacts of climate change, is critical to ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy our beautiful home in this province, said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This funding is good news for Williams Lake as it will save on energy costs and improve inefficiencies.”

“Williams Lake is dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint while still allowing businesses to thrive,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “This funding will build on that commitment to sustainability and help us continue to work toward our climate action goals.”

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.

In March 2015, $6.4 million was provided to B.C. communities.

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.