COURTENAY – The B.C. government has provided $81,000 to the four local Comox Valley governments in recognition of their commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities.

In March 2015, $6.4 million was provided through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program to B.C. communities.  From this funding, the Town of Comox received $7,562, Courtenay $22,517, Cumberland $4,155 and the Comox Valley Regional District was provided with $46,767.

This funding supports local governments in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move forward on achieving their Charter goals.

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.

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.

(BC GOVERNMENT)