Municipalities in Northeast B.C. are raking in more than $318,000 from the province in climate action incentives.
The province is handing $7.6 million back to local governments this year through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, which gives a refund to local governments equal to 100% of the carbon taxes they pay to support initiatives to reduce their carbon footprints.
"Local governments are taking significant strides to address climate change," Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson said in a news release.
"A record number are measuring their emissions this year, and we're here to support communities that are advancing initiatives and innovations that make life better for people by protecting our environment."
Municipalities receiving funding include:
Fort St. John: $101,051
Dawson Creek: $77,301
Northern Rockies: $59,439
Tumbler Ridge: $26,585
Pouce Coupe: $3,854
Local governments that report annually on the actions they are taking to reduce their carbon footprint are eligible for the incentives.
According to the province, Dawson Creek and the Peace River Regional District were the only local governments in the region to achieve carbon neutrality in 2017.
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