Pathways to Truth & Reconciliation
A UBCM Convention workshop, Pathways to Truth & Reconciliation, amplified the urgent question of how Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities can walk further along the path to reconciliation through the heartfelt presentations of four esteemed panelists. Read more
Focus on financial resiliency
UBCM president Brian Frenkel called upon the province to work with BC local governments to strengthen the system for local government finance during an interview before the membership today. Frenkel made the comments in reference to the recommendations of the Select Committee on Local Government Finance, whose report forms the basis of policy paper to the UBCM Convention. Read more
MOU renewal reaffirms need for engagement with local governments
UBCM and the Province today renewed an MOU committing to work together to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while supporting opportunities for meaningful engagement with local governments as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act is implemented. Read more
Minister promotes continued partnership with local governments
The challenges created by fires, the opioid crisis, the pandemic, and racism have served to strengthen the working partnership between the Province and local governments, said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, in her comments to local governments today. Read more
UBCM Community Excellence Awards Winners
UBCM First Vice President Laurey-Anne Roodenburg was joined today by Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs to announce this year’s winners of the Community Excellence Awards. Read more
Address by FCM President
Local governments respond first, fastest and most effectively to front line crises such as wildfires, the Corona virus, and homelessness, said Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden of Strathroy-Caradoc, Ontario, and president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, who delivered the FCM address virtually at the 2021 UBCM Convention. Read more
Funding for child care now available
The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, the Province’s main space creation program, is now accepting applications for child care projects. Up to $3 million in funding is available per project. This year, the focus is on supporting child care projects that are run by public-sector and non-profit partners that will create child care centres that remain in communities for the long-term. Local governments are encouraged to apply for funding.
New Emergency Preparedness funding intake
A new round of funding intakes for three Community Emergency Preparedness Fund streams have been announced for the winter of 2021/2022. Minister of Municipal Affairs, Josie Osborne, announced new funding intakes during UBCM Convention. Read more
CEA Climate & Energy Action awards
UBCM congratulates this year’s winners of the Community Energy Association’s 2021 Climate & Energy Action Awards. Read more
Join us tomorrow
Be sure to join us tomorrow starting at 9:00AM PST for Pre-Recorded Candidate Speeches & Resolutions from 9:00 AM PST - 12:00 PM PST. View the full Convention Program online.
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