VICTORIA – The Province of British Columbia is putting $51 million towards helping local governments meet new provincial legislative housing requirements.
As of Jan. 18, the grant-based funding, which is derived from the 2023 provincial budget, will go to all municipalities, regional districts and the Islands Trust. This is a total of 188 local governments in B.C. It will be used to update housing needs reports, zoning bylaws, development cost charge and amenity cost charge bylaws, and community plans as well as engaging in research and community engagement.
The province is also putting a further $10 million for a second intake for the Local Government Development Approvals Program (LGDAP), an application-based grant fund managed by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities that launched in 2021. LGDAP grants support local government-initiated projects to implement best practices and test innovative approaches to improve their development approval processes.
Applications for that funding opened on Jan. 1 and successful recipients may be announced in the spring, a provincial release said.