Local Government Climate Action Program

Local Government Climate Action Program (LGCAP) provides local governments and Modern Treaty Nations with predictable and stable funding to support the implementation of local climate action that reduces emissions and prepares communities for the impacts of a changing climate. 

The LGCAP supports local climate action to help B.C. reach legislated climate targets and achieve provincial climate goals outlined in the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy.

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About the program

The LGCAP provides funding for local governments and Modern Treaty Nations to plan and implement climate action that will reduce emissions, create new opportunities for people in the clean economy and prepare communities for future climate impacts. As part of the program, recipients of funding will be required to report on their actions.

The first year of this program is designed to disburse funding efficiently and support timely local climate action. Additional program and reporting refinements will be made in collaboration with local governments and Modern Treaty Nations for year two.

For step-by-step instructions about the program, eligibility, and reporting requirements, read the Program Guide.  

This program will:

  • Provide flexible, long-term funding that meets urban and rural needs
  • Enable community-specific action to reduce emissions and increase climate resilience
  • Enable robust reporting to track results and help improve the program over time
  • Enable knowledge sharing among local governments and Modern Treaty Nations to promote innovative climate action across the province

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements

  To be eligible for the first year of funding, applicants are required to:

  • Be signatories to the B.C. Climate Action Charter or be a B.C. Modern Treaty Nation
  • Measure and report corporate greenhouse gas emissions in the first year or prepare for mandatory emissions measurement and reporting for year two
  • Demonstrate climate investment (i.e., matching funding or in-kind contributions) equivalent to 20% of the provincial funding received 
  • Report on projects linked to one or more objectives from the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and/or the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy
  • Have their Chief Financial Officer, or equivalent position, submit and publicly post:
    • a completed and signed attestation form to confirm all funds were, or will be, used towards climate action 
    • a completed PDF version of the required program survey 

Over the next year, the Province will work with local governments and Modern Treaty Nations to determine reporting requirements and program design for year two. 

Support for Indigenous communities

Modern Treaty Nations are eligible for the LGCAP.

The Province supports other Indigenous communities outside of Modern Treaty Nations with climate action funding through programs, such as:

For more information on the full range of funding opportunities available to Indigenous communities and local governments, please visit the BC Community Climate Funding Guide.

Important dates

  • May 16, 2022 - Program launch & introductory webinar invitation
    Each local government and Modern Treaty Nation will receive an email with funding allocation details, a link to register for introductory webinars and steps to complete reporting requirements
     
  • May 25 - June 2, 2022 - Introductory webinars
    The Province will host webinars to provide an overview of the program. Webinars will be recorded and posted online. See below for registration details
     
  • June 15 – July 15, 2022 – Reporting period
    During the reporting period, applicants must complete and submit the required reporting information using the Community Energy Emissions Data base (CEED) platform
     
  • August 31, 2022 – Funds dispersed through Ministry of Municipal Affairs
    Funds will be dispersed through an electronic funds transfer to local governments and Modern Treaty Nations via the Province's existing Corporate Accounting System
     
  • By September 30, 2022 – Survey information and attestation form posted
    Each local government or Modern Treaty Nation must publicly post a completed PDF version of the required program survey and the completed and signed attestation form

Introductory webinars

Webinars will provide more information about the program and how to complete reporting requirements.

To meet unique community needs, there are three different webinars designed for small local governments, large local governments and Modern Treaty Nations. 

Program participants are welcome to attend any webinar. Please register for the webinar below that best suits your availability and needs.

For those unable to attend, you can download the introductory webinar slide deck (PDF, 1.6 MB). 

Small local government sessions: 

Small local governments are considered to serve a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

Large local government sessions:

Modern Treaty Nations session:

Reporting requirements

Before the reporting period opens, each local government and Modern Treaty Nation will receive an email with instructions on how to access the CEED platform and complete the reporting requirements.

There are two required reporting documents: the online survey and the attestation form. 

The online survey must be submitted by July 15, 2022 at 4 PM PDT

  • Online survey
    The online survey outlines the required reporting information. The survey template can be used to gather information to prepare for reporting. The information must then be submitted using the CEED platform by July 15, 2022. Once submitted, you will receive a PDF of your completed survey and the attestation form by email
     
  • Attestation Form
    This form must be completed and signed by the Chief Financial Officer, or equivalent position. Submit the form by email to LGCAP@gov.bc.ca by July 29, 2022, or no later than September 30, 2022 if it must be approved by council.

    The attestation form and the survey must be publicly posted by the local government or Modern Treaty Nation once it has been endorsed by council or equivalent governing body.

How Information Will Be Used

Information collected enables the Province to track progress, highlight climate leadership and advance action by including local government and Modern Treaty Nations emissions reporting data in the annual Climate Change Accountability Report.

All information gathered will help to inform policy development, monitor progress on achieving provincial and local climate objectives and ensure that funds provided are used for these objectives.

The Province will support local governments and Modern Treaty Nations with completing reporting requirements.

Examples of local climate initiatives

While the LGCAP is new, previous programs have funded local climate initiatives that may be relevant to this program. Learn about past projects funded by other programs:

Check back for additional climate action examples and a summary report highlighting local government climate projects under the new Local Government Climate Action Program.