Community Resiliency Investment Program

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The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program was introduced by the provincial government in September 2018. It is intended to reduce wildfire risks and wildfire impacts in British Columbia communities by providing funding and support to complete FireSmart initiatives, including priority fuel management activities on provincial Crown land and on private land.

The two primary components of the Community Resiliency Investment program are:

FireSmart Community Funding and Supports

  • The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia (FNESSBC) and the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) are working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) — represented by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) — to administer the FireSmart Community Funding and Supports portion of the program for local government and First Nation applicants.
  • This category provides funding to indigenous and non-indigenous governments to participate in wildfire risk reduction and prevention activities, including public, reserve and private land. This program will support activities associated with the seven FireSmart disciplines, which can help increase a community’s resiliency to wildfire impacts.

High-value Assets and Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • This program is currently being developed and will focus on protecting important, provincially owned infrastructure (such as communications towers and electrical facilities) from wildfire threats.

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Comparing the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) and the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program
The Community Resiliency Investment program replaces the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, which was established in 2004.

SWPI

Community Resiliency Investment Program

Reason

Funding was linked to the two-kilometre wildland urban interface area surrounding Crown land.

Funding is community-based and community-directed, but still allows for flexibility on Crown Land.

Local governments have shared the challenges and added costs of conducting wildfire prevention activities on Crown land. There is now more flexibility to propose activities that address community needs.

Program was cost-shared.

100% funding, up to $100,000 (or more for treatments on Crown Land). Other funding opportunities can be leveraged where it is logical to do so.

Some communities found SWPI’s cost-shared program design prohibitive to their participation.

Wildfire prevention programs were not aligned.

CRI aligns with FESBC funding opportunities. FESBC is partnering with UBCM, FNESSBC and FLNRORD to streamline activities across the landbase.

CRI is in line with BC Flood and Wildfire Review recommendations to align wildfire prevention funding.

Regional applications were not part of the SWPI model.

Regional applications will be encouraged through the CRI program.

This encourages partnerships between neighbouring communities and First Nations. It could also help address capacity and expertise shortfalls through the sharing of resources.

No funding available for projects on private land.

Incentives added to undertake FireSmart activities on private land.

This change was requested by communities.

Strong emphasis on fuel management.

A broader suite of FireSmart activities are now eligible for funding through the CRI program.

FireSmart provides a more comprehensive framework for reducing a community’s risk of damage from wildfires. 

Project-focused.

Under the CRI program, there is a shift to evidence-based applications and outcome-based projects, including performance measures.

To ensure the most effective risk-reduction methods are used.

No on-reserve funding was available under SWPI.

On-reserve funding opportunities are available in the CRI program.

The change allows for equal access to funding opportunities.

Technical reviews were conducted remotely in each of the BC Wildfire Service’s six fire centres and through the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia.

Technical reviews of CRI applications are now done by committee.

This approach ensures greater consistency in the decision-making process.

Union of BC Municipalities

  • Peter Ronald, Programs Officer, 1 250 356-2947
  • Danyta Welch, Manager Local Government Program Services, 1 250 356-5193

First Nations' Emergency Services Society


Forest Enhancement Society of BC

  • Gord Pratt, Operations Manager, Forest Enhancement Society, 778 765-0983

BC Wildfire Service

Fuel Management Specialists

Program Advisor

FireSmart Canada Liaison