KELOWNA– The B.C. government has provided more than $320,000 to Kelowna and area in recognition of local government’s commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities.

The grants include:
City of Kelowna – $234,832
District of West Kelowna – $46,090
District of Lake Country – $16,077
Regional District of Central Okanagan – $23,620

“Earth Day is an opportunity to examine our individual impacts on the environment, and ways to improve,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “It’s also a time to recognize steps in the right direction, including local governments working with us to create a healthier, greener province.”

“We can all do our part to ‘go green’ by making positive choices like recycling and taking public transit,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Governments have a role to play too, and I’m pleased to see that 96 per cent of communities in B.C. have signed on to the Climate Action Charter.”

“Local governments are key partners in helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “Their efforts are creating more energy-efficient communities and contributing to a healthier planet.”

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.

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