Community Resiliency Investment Program

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The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) Program is a new provincial program intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities in BC through community funding and supports and priority fuel management activities on provincial Crown land. The primary components of CRI are FireSmart community funding and supports and high value asset protection.

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) are working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRORD), represented by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), to administer the FireSmart Community Funding & Supports portion of the program for local government and First Nation applicants.

High value asset protection will be led by FLNRORD and will focus on prioritizing and assessing high value critical infrastructure assets like telecommunications, energy, transportation and utilities, for business continuity and recovery. An additional purpose of the CRI program is aligning priorities for treatment on public and private assets with existing funders such as FESBC and the owners of the assets.

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Community Resiliency Investment Program Differences

SWPI

Community Resiliency Investment Program

Reason

Funding was linked to the 2km wildland urban interface area surrounding Crown land

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

Local governments have shared the challenges and added costs of conducting wildfire prevention activities on Crown land. 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.

The cost shared program design was prohibitive to the participation of some communities.

Wildfire prevention programs were not aligned and confusing for potential applicants

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

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

This allows for greater partnerships between neighbouring communities and First Nations and can also address capacity and expertise by sharing resources

No funding for private land

Addition of incentives for private land FireSmart activities

Requested by communities for many years

Strong emphasis on treatments, prescriptions and forestry

Focus on broader suite of FireSmart activities that are more suited to skills and capacities of local authorities (and less focus on practice of forestry)

Many communities lack the capacity and technical expertise to fulfill the application requirements

Project focused

Shifting to evidence-based applications and outcomes-based projects, including performance measures

To ensure the most effective risk reduction methods are used

No on-reserve funding

Addition of on-reserve funding

The change allows equal access to funding opportunities

Technical reviews conducted remotely in each of the six Fire Centres and FNESS

Technical review by committee

Ensures greater consistency in decision making.

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