Five “made-in-the-Cariboo” proposals were sent in, and five came out as official policy for the Union of B.C. Municipalities. The Cariboo Regional District Board’s original resolutions will now form part of the UBCM’s work to advocate for changes in provincial law and programs to better support citizens of B.C.
The resolutions endorsed at UBCM included calls to:
- Empower property owners to make exclusion applications to the Agricultural Land Commission directly rather than through local governments;
- Provide additional funding and support for the reconciliation efforts of local governments;
- Require provincial approving officers to notify rural residents of subdivision applications in their area;
- End the use of the Canadian Black Book as the basis for setting PST on used vehicles based instead of actual sales prices; and
- Include local governments in the planning process for broadband/internet improvements.
Margo Wagner, Chair of the Regional District, said “I am pleased that all of our resolutions submitted to the UBCM convention were endorsed by the delegates. By working together, we will achieve results that will benefit both the Cariboo region and the rest of the Province. These endorsements represent this collective vision.”
The North Central Local Government Association, which represents local governments from 100 Mile House north to the B.C. Yukon border and everywhere in-between, also endorsed the resolutions at their convention in May. This dual endorsement strengthens the advocacy efforts of the Cariboo Regional District to promote policy solutions that work for Cariboo residents. More information about UBCM can be found on their website, www.ubcm.ca.