RICHMOND – The B.C. government has provided $217,831 to Richmond in recognition of its commitment to support healthier, more sustainable communities.

“It is important for all of us to commit ourselves on the path of reducing carbon emissions,” Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid said. “If each individual, business, city, and country does its part, we will achieve our dream of sustaining a clean, green and beautiful province for our children.”

“The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program gives communities the opportunity to become energy-efficient by reducing the fiscal impacts,” said Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap. “We are becoming a greener province in a long run, so that future generations can enjoy this beautiful land just as we do today.”

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. 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 http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/greencommunities/carip.htm.