Under British Columbia’s climate plan, CleanBC, the province and federal government will help fund green infrastructure in the province, including cogeneration at wastewater treatment facilities.
The funding will be provided through the new CleanBC Communities Fund, part of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan’s Green Infrastructure Stream (Climate Change Mitigation sub-stream).
“Through the CleanBC Communities Fund, we’re making sure that people throughout B.C. can benefit from clean energy infrastructure and efficiency upgrades,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
As of December 18th, local governments, First Nations, Indigenous organizations, not-for-profit, and for-profit organizations can apply for cost-shared funding through the CleanBC Communities Fund for projects that manage renewable energy, improve access to clean energy transportation, improve energy efficiency of buildings, or help generate clean energy to reduce community reliance on fossil fuels.
Some restrictions apply to restrictions apply to improvement districts, water utilities, or private water systems, which must be sponsored by a regional district or municipality to apply for the funding.
“The CleanBC Communities Fund helps support communities around B.C. take advantage of the opportunities offered as we implement the CleanBC plan,” said Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green caucus.
The province is partnering with the federal government to invest up to $62.94 million through the initial intake of the CleanBC Communities Fund. This intake is supported by $34.3 million in federal funding and $28.6 million in provincial funding.
This cost-shared funding is available for public infrastructure owned by local governments, Indigenous communities, not-for-profits, and projects in partnership with for-profit entities.