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  1. Saanich Launches Tax Exemption Program to Encourage Building Electrification
    The program, a first of its kind in B.C., supports Saanich’s climate goals and incentivizes the replacement of fossil-fuel (i.e. natural gas) space heating and domestic hot water systems with electric systems. By undertaking an eligible upgrade, owners of multi-unit residential buildings — including condominium stratas and rental apartment buildings — can receive a municipal tax exemption of up to 100% of project costs, after accounting for other rebates, for a maximum of 10 years.

    January 30, 2024
  2. B.C., Nanaimo Collaborate to Address Homelessness
    Through the MOU, the city has committed to bring forward available land and expedite land-use decisions for new shelter and supportive housing projects with the Province, through BC Housing.

    January 30, 2024
  3. Secondary Suite Program Expands, Adds Housing in 16 Regional Districts
    Sixteen of B.C.’s 27 regional districts have the necessary building bylaws, and building-permit and inspection services across their electoral areas that make them eligible for the SSIP pilot.

    January 30, 2024
  4. Firesmart Activities Come to More Basin communities
    A Province/Trust partnership provides nearly $1.8 million to 11 local projects.

    January 25, 2024
  5. ʔəy̓alməxʷ/Iy̓álmexw /Jericho Lands to Become Future Complete Community after Vancouver City Council Policy Approval
    The Policy Statement sets directions for the redevelopment of the ʔəy̓alməxʷ/Iy̓álmexw/Jericho Lands, a 90-acre (36 hectare) site owned by the joint venture partnership of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) (collectively the MST Nations) and Canada Lands Company (CLC). 

    January 25, 2024
  6. City of Abbotsford and Tourism Abbotsford sign new four-year agreement
    Through this strategic partnership, the Tourism Abbotsford Society will continue to lead tourism programs, services and destination marketing activities to attract new and returning visitors to the community.

    January 24, 2024
  7. District of Squamish Receives $7M from CMHC Housing Accelerator Fund
    The Housing Accelerator Fund grant will fund an internal team dedicated to increasing housing supply and reducing barriers to build a variety of housing types in Squamish in line with the District’s Housing Action Plan. 

    January 24, 2024
  8. Colwood Explores Partnership on a New Medical Clinic for Residents
    Colwood is exploring an opportunity to address the community's current physician shortage in partnership with Pure Pharmacy and Aroga Lifestyle Medicine by establishing a medical clinic in a newly constructed facility at the Commons in Royal Bay. 

    January 23, 2024
  9. Saanich Launches New Public Engagement Platform
    This new tool gives citizens the opportunity to have their say on local projects and initiatives. With evolving needs and the advancement of online engagement, this platform will better facilitate public engagement through more robust tools and a modern, user-friendly design.

    January 18, 2024
  10. Okanagan Water Board Urges Feds to Support Invasive Mussel Prevention while there is Time
    In its letter to the federal government, the OBWB notes the Government of Canada’s announcement in May 2023 of a Canada Water Agency which included a budget of $750 million with $420 million to address water concerns in the Great Lakes, but none for aquatic invasive species protection in the west.

    January 18, 2024
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