Towns for Tomorrow
The Towns for Tomorrow Program was developed to address the unique challenges faced by smaller communities in British Columbia with respect to sustainability and meeting their infrastructure needs. Recognizing that resources are often limited in smaller communities, the Program is designed to meet these challenges, from ease and simplification of applications to efficient and effective administration processes.
The Towns for Tomorrow initiative is investing $21 million over three years for capital projects that will help achieve the Province’s vision of vibrant, integrated, creative and prosperous communities. Projects will be cost shared 80/20 (provincial/ municipal) with a maximum provincial contribution of $400,000.
Eligible applicants are incorporated municipalities with populations of 5,000 persons or less and the Central Coast Regional District. Each applicant is allowed to submit one application annually (one per round).
Eligible projects include capital investments that enhance community infrastructure and creates a legacy for the future. Investments in water quality, public transit, energy efficient and green buildings, recreation and cultural amenities and protective and emergency services infrastructure are all eligible for this program.
To encourage small communities to invest in training and other professional development initiatives, the Program also includes a ‘capacity building’ component. This allows up to 10% of eligible costs to be committed to developing capacity in sustainable approaches to infrastructure planning and management.