PRINCE GEORGE – The B.C. government has provided $236,032 to Prince George, Fraser-Fort George Regional District, McBride, Valemount and Mackenzie in recognition of their commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities.

Prince George – $177,646
Fraser-Fort George Regional District – $18,709
McBride – $3,863
Valemount – $3,581
Mackenzie – $32,233

“Continuing to find innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the impacts of climate change is critical to ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy this beautiful place we call home,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program is a way to support those communities that step up and take a leadership role in reducing their carbon footprint.”

“Creating incentive to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is an effective way for communities to help mitigate the effects of climate change,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “By investing in sustainable communities we are preserving our environment for future generations.”

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program provides conditional grants to communities that have signed the Climate Action Charter and supports their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Communities that report publicly on their progress toward meeting their climate action goals are eligible to receive a grant equivalent to 100 per cent of the carbon tax they pay directly.

In March 2015, $6.4 million was provided to B.C. communities.

Since 2008, the B.C. government has provided more than $25 million through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program. Currently, 96 per cent of communities in B.C. have signed the Climate Action Charter.

To learn about the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, please visit cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/greencommunities/carip.htm.