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Climate-related disasters, including wildfires, floods and extreme heat, have challenged British Columbians in recent years. These events have reinforced the need for collective action to secure a low-carbon future for B.C.

Budget 2022 is making strong investments to fight climate change, build back better from recent disasters, and make sure people and communities across B.C. are protected from future climate-related disasters.

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Fighting climate change with CleanBC

Three years ago, our government introduced CleanBC — the most progressive climate plan in North America. Budget 2022 builds on the $2.3 billion in funding allocated for CleanBC to date and invests in the fight against climate change with over $1 billion in new funding for CleanBC and the Roadmap to 2030, including:

  • Clean Transportation
    • Removing PST on used Zero Emission Vehicles and increasing the luxury tax threshold on new ZEVs.
    • Rebates for ZEV charging infrastructure and ZEVs.
    • Grants for communities to build more bike lanes, multi-use pathways and other transportation infrastructure.
    • Motor vehicle fuel tax exemption for use of hydrogen in internal combustion engines.
  • Clean Industry
    • Funding for clean industry and innovation, including enhancing the CleanBC Program for Industry.
    • Increased equity tax credit to improve access to venture capital for cleantech investments for small businesses.
    • Support Low Carbon Energy by expanding the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and developing a new emissions cap on natural gas utilities.
  • Clean Buildings
    • PST exemption for heat pumps, paired with increase in PST for fossil fuel heating equipment, helping fund the cost of a new incentive to make heat pumps more affordable for rural and northern communities.
    • Continued incentives for energy efficiency measures.
    • 5 per cent Clean Buildings Tax Credit for multi-unit residential and commercial buildings.
  • Clean Communities and Land Based Activities
    • Helping local governments take action to reduce their emissions with a new Local Government Climate Action program.
    • Investing in sustainability upgrades for farms, strengthening B.C.'s forests and expanding the Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program.
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Protecting people and communities from climate-related disasters

We are investing $2.1 billion to build back better from fires and floods and to protect people and communities from future climate-related disasters.

That includes $1.5 billion in funding to rebuild from last year’s floods and wildfires, and more than $600 million to strengthen our readiness and respond to future wildfires, floods, and extreme weather events.

With significant new funding for Emergency Management BC and the BC Wildfire Service, Budget 2022 funds new facilities and equipment to respond to disasters and supports a proactive, year-round service model for the BC Wildfire Service.

We are providing $210 million to help local governments and First Nations plan for and reduce disaster risk, including through investments in the FireSmart program, the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund and support for Indigenous-led emergency management priorities.

And to ensure we are ready for the effects of the changing climate, Budget 2022 invests to start implementing B.C.'s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy that will:

  • Expand climate monitoring networks.
  • Lead climate resilience initiatives with local and Indigenous governments.
  • Develop an extreme heat response framework.
  • Expand the River Forecast Centre and provincial floodplain mapping program.
  • Build data collection and expertise to better understand where and how to mitigate climate risks.