In Budget 2022, the B.C. government provided $25 million in new funding to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) for projects that protect communities from wildfire risk and prepare for climate change impacts.
FESBC has supported 263 projects throughout BC, 43 of which have been in partnership with First Nations. These projects have reduced wildfire risk in 120 communities, created thousands of jobs, and reduced emissions. The new funding will allow FESBC to continue supporting this important work.
Communities can apply for funding on the FESBC website.
The $25 million provided to FESBC is part of the $359 million announced in Budget 2022 to protect British Columbians from wildfires, including $145 million towards strengthening the BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Management BC. This is the largest investment in the history of the wildfire service and an important investment in community safety across the province.