Local Government Grants

A grant is simply the transfer of funds from the Provincial Government to a local government and can either be conditional or unconditional. Conditional grants are monies transferred for a specific purpose that may not be used for any other project. Unconditional grants, on the other hand, can be used by the local government for any purpose.

B.C. Community Water Improvement Program

The B.C. Community Water Improvement Program (BCCWIP) builds on the Province's commitment to enhance safe drinking water.

Building Canada Fund - Communities Component

The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund recognizes that smaller communities have unique infrastructure needs, and therefore targets projects in communities with populations of less than 100,000. Projects were selected through an application-based process.

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund focus investments on meeting immediate priorities for clean water and wastewater to support a cleaner and healthier environment for communities.

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP)

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program that provides funding to BC Climate Action Charter (Charter) signatories equivalent to one hundred percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly.  This funding supports local governments in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move forward on achieving their Charter goals.

Community Recreation Program

The $30-million Community Recreation Program was developed to address the unique challenges faced by communities in the Province with respect to meeting their recreational infrastructure needs.

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program

The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program offers grants to support local government in projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure. Grants up to $10,000 are available to help improve or develop long-term comprehensive plans that include, but are not limited to: capital asset management plans, community energy plans, integrated stormwater management plans, water master plans and liquid waste management plans.

New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund

Canada and British Columbia launched the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF) Program in October, 2014. Under the NBCF-SCF Program, the provincial and federal governments will each allocate approximately $109 million to support infrastructure projects in communities with a population of less than 100,000 people.  This 10 year funding program runs from 2014 to 2024.

Restructure Assistance

Restructure Assistance Grants are provided to assist communities which are in favour of incorporation/restructure. The grant amount is based on population. Transitional assistance is also provided to help with police costs where the new or restructured municipality has over 5,000 people. A parallel program from the Ministry of Transportation provides transitional assistance to municipalities who assume responsibility for roads.

Restructure Implementation Grants

Restructure Implementation Grants are provided to assist communities with the implementation of incorporations, restructures, and significant changes in local service structure, such as interim administration or transfer of improvement districts to local government.

Restructure Planning Grants

Restructure Planning Grants are provided to assist communities wishing to study the implications of municipal incorporation / restructure and to undertake the associated public consultation process. There is a maximum grant of $40,000 per project.

Small Community Grant

The Small Community Grant is an unconditional grant for municipalities to assist them in providing basic services. Grant amounts are based on a formula that factors in a base amount, population and assessment values. These grants generally apply to municipalities with populations up to 19,000.

Towns for Tomorrow

From improving local water systems and rehabilitating sewers to upgrading area recreation centres and developing neighbourhood parks, British Columbia’s smaller communities are benefiting from the Towns for Tomorrow program. Since 2007, the province has invested close to $70 million to fund 201 Towns for Tomorrow projects. This program is helping B.C. communities address their infrastructure needs while creating jobs and supporting the economy.

Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing

The Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing is an unconditional grant to municipalities to assist them in ensuring community safety and addressing community specific strategic priorities. The Program returns 100% of net revenues from traffic violations to municipalities that are directly responsible for paying for policing. Grants are based on a municipality’s policing costs relative to the total policing costs paid by all municipalities.

Regional District Grant

The Regional District Grant is an unconditional grant for regional districts to assist with administration costs. Grant amounts are determined utilizing a formula which incorporates both regional district and rural area populations. Each regional district receives an additional $5,000 for each local community commission in the regional district.