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Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

APPLICATION INTAKE PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada’s Regional Development Agencies to deliver further community funding across the country, starting in 2016-17, with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) being responsible for administering the program in Western Canada.

Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in projects that seek to renovate, expand and improve existing community infrastructure, with a focus on recreational facilities, projects that advance a clean growth economy, and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.

Information on the delivery of CIP 150 in Western Canada are available here:


Priorities

First, each application will be assessed to determine if it meets the eligibility criteria (listed below).

For this intake of applications, priority will be given to projects that address one or more of the following:

  • Upgrades to recreational facilities;
  • Advance a clean growth economy; and/or,
  • Impact on Indigenous communities and peoples.

In addition, funding from sources other than the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program must be confirmed at the time of application.

Other considerations may include:

  • Funding from sources other than CIP 150 must be confirmed at the time of application (written proof is required);
  • Projects that will leave a meaningful, lasting legacy resulting from CIP 150 (i.e., Upgrades that will provide long-term benefits to a community that are recognized as a lasting legacy from Canada 150);
  • Projects that are seeking less than 50% of the total project costs from CIP 150;
  • Projects that will be completed by Fall 2017; and,
  • Ability to start the project quickly.

Eligible Activities

WD will invest in projects undertaking renovations to existing community infrastructure. Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported include:

  • Recreational facilities including local arenas, gymnasia, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts or other types of recreational facilities;
  • Parks, recreational trails, such as fitness trails, bike paths and other types of trails;
  • Community centres (including legions);
  • Cultural centres and museums;
  • Campgrounds;
  • Tourism facilities;
  • Docks;
  • Libraries;
  • Cenotaphs; and,
  • Other existing community infrastructure for public benefit.

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • The amount of funding being requested under CIP 150 cannot exceed 50% of the total costs of a project, up to a maximum of $500,000;
  • The maximum contribution from ALL Government of Canada sources (including CIP 150 and other sources such as the Gas Tax Fund) cannot exceed 50% of the total costs of a project;
  • Be for the rehabilitation, renovation, or expansion of existing infrastructure for public use or benefit;
  • Be community-oriented, non-commercial in nature and open for use to the public and not limited to a private membership;
  • Be for facilities located in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba); and,
  • Be materially complete by March 31, 2018.
    • A project is considered to be materially complete when a substantial part of the improvement is ready for use or is being used for the purposes intended.

In addition, an applicant must:

  • Submit an online application form by June 22, 2016 and include all mandatory attachments; and,
  • Be available for follow-up from June – August 2016.

Applicants who applied under the first intake of CIP 150 may apply again under this second intake. Please ensure that your funding application meets the updated program priorities for the second intake.

Eligible Organizations

Eligible applicants include:

  • A local or regional government established under provincial or territorial statute;
  • A public sector body that is wholly owned by an eligible applicant listed above;
  • A not-for-profit entity;
  • An entity that provides municipal-type services to communities, as defined by provincial or territorial statute (including school boards and Metis settlements); and,
  • A First Nation government, including a Band or Tribal Council or its agent (including wholly-owned corporation) on the condition that the First Nation has indicated support for the project and for the legally-designated representative to seek funding through a formal Band or Tribal Council resolution, or other documentation from Self-governing First Nations.

In addition, eligible applicants must directly own the infrastructure assets, facility or land which are being renovated or have a long-term lease in place with permission from the owner to undertake renovations. If you have a long-term lease in place, it is mandatory that you attach a copy of the lease and, where necessary, proof that you have permission from the owner to undertake renovations.

Application Process

The CIP 150 intake period for Western Canada was closed on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, and applications are no longer being accepted.