East Kootenay

Community Resiliency Investment Program

The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program was announced by the provincial government in 2018 and is intended to reduce the risk of wildfires and mitigate their impacts on BC communities. 

CRI includes three streams: 

  1. FireSmart Community Funding & Supports, administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)
  2. Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction, administered by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD)
  3. FireSmart Economic Revovery Fund Program, administered by UBCM

2022 FireSmartTM Community Funding and Supports Program

Submission Deadline:  Friday, October 8, 2021
The FireSmartTM Community Funding and Supports program provides funding to local governments and First
Nations in BC to increase community resiliency by undertaking community-based FireSmartTM planning
and activities that reduce the community's risk from wildfire. To date, 194 First Nations and local
governments have received funding.
 
The First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS), the Forest Enhancement Society of BC
(FESBC) and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) are working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development (FLNRORD) to deliver the FireSmartTM Community Funding and Supports program.
 
The program is structured to fund FireSmartTM activities in eligible communities throughout BC. Base
funding is scaled to offer eligible applicants with lower risk of wildfire, generally demonstrated by Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Risk Class 4 and 5, to apply for up to $50,000, and applicants with a higher risk of wildfire,
generally demonstrated by WUI Risk Class 1 to 3, to apply for up to $150,000 per year.  Information on determining risk is provided in Appendix 2 of the Program and Application Guide.
2022 Community Funding and Supports Program and Application Guide
Download the Application Form and Worksheets at UBCM CRI Webpage

2021 FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund Program

The intent of the FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund is to support immediate job creation in order to build local wildfire resiliency and assist communities in recovering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Deadline to apply was March 19, 2021.
2021 Economic Recovery Fund Program & Application Guide

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