Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program – Frequently Asked Questions


General

1. What is the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program?

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is a dedicated infrastructure fund to improve existing community infrastructure in all regions of the country, as part of the Government of Canada's coordinated approach to celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The program initially provided $150 million nationally over two years, with an additional $150 million announced as part of Budget 2016, to support the rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing community infrastructure, including projects that support the Government's priorities to ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples and promote a clean growth economy. The program is being delivered by regional development agencies across the country.

The Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) is delivering this program in Northern Ontario with an allocation of $10.4 million over two years, beginning April 1, 2016. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

2. How much funding is available for projects?

An allocation of $10.4 million over two years is available in Northern Ontario as of April 1, 2016.

As a result of the high number of applications, funding has been limited to one project per applicant with a maximum contribution of $100,000. Funding recipients may receive a maximum of 50 percent of total eligible project costs.

However, to ensure broad program reach, preference may be given to projects that: require less than 50 percent funding; are construction-ready, and; can be materially completed by December 31, 2017.

3. When can projects begin? When will my costs be eligible for reimbursement?

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is a two-year program with funding available from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018. As such, only project costs incurred and paid between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018 can be reimbursed under this program.

Approved projects may begin at an earlier date, however, the project must continue past April 1, 2016. Costs incurred and paid, prior to April 1, 2016 are eligible and can be included in the Total Project Costs, however, these costs must be paid for by the applicant directly or another funder.

Under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program costs must first be incurred and paid for directly by the applicant. Successful applicants then submit a claim (with invoices) to FedNor to seek reimbursement. The invoices must show that the cost was incurred and paid between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018.

4. When do projects need to be completed?

All construction must be completed and costs incurred by March 31, 2018.

Preference may be given to projects that: require less than 50 percent funding; are construction-ready, and; can be materially completed by December 31, 2017.

5. Why does the program design (application process and dates, amount that can be funded, etc.) differ between the regional development agencies?

Flexibility is critical for a program such as the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, where the regional development agencies need to launch an application process, evaluate proposals and see projects through to completion in a short time period. The Program was designed so that the regional development agencies could adapt the application process and project parameters to best suit regional circumstances and needs.

Eligibility

6. Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Organizations eligible to apply for funding include:

  • Municipalities and First Nations in Northern Ontario;
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations such as community, economic development and Aboriginal organizations, or industry and business associations;
  • Provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities, as defined in provincial statutes; and,
  • Public sector bodies that are established by or under provincial statute or by regulation or are wholly owned by a provincial or municipal government and provide municipal-type infrastructure services.

7. What projects are eligible?

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program supports the rehabilitation or improvement, including expansion, of existing infrastructure for public use.

Projects must fall within the following project categories:

  • community and cultural centres
  • museums
  • libraries
  • parks
  • recreational facilities such as local arenas, gymnasia, swimming pools and sports fields
  • cenotaphs
  • other existing community infrastructure that will have a public benefit

Eligible projects must also:

  • Provide long-term benefits to a community, will be viewed with pride by a community and leave a meaningful lasting legacy resulting from Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program;
  • Be non-commercial in nature, open for use to the public and is not limited to a private membership;
  • Be completed by March 31, 2018.

For detailed eligibility information, please refer to the Program Guidelines at FedNor.gc.ca/CIP

8. What projects are ineligible?

The construction of new infrastructure, temporary installations, moveable equipment or building expansions of more than 50 percent increase in the infrastructure square footage.

9. What costs are eligible for funding?

Costs that are incurred between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2018, are eligible for reimbursement. Please refer to the Program Guidelines, available at FedNor.gc.ca/CIP, for a list of eligible project costs.

10. Are the costs related to growth eligible?

Yes. Projects can be for the expansion of an infrastructure asset, but not for the construction of new assets. In addition, a building expansion project cannot represent more than a 50 percent increase in square footage of the existing infrastructure.

11. Are projects that have gone to tender eligible?

Yes, projects that have gone to tender may be considered eligible. However, only project costs incurred as of April 1, 2016, will be reimbursed.

Application Process

12. What is the application process?

Applicants are encouraged to review the Program Guidelines at FedNor.gc.ca/CIP before completing an application form.

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible. Applicants are encouraged to submit the form online as any mandatory fields left incomplete will be automatically flagged. This will help ensure that your application is complete and ready for assessment.

13. How many applications can an organization submit?

Organizations can apply for funding for one project.

14. What is the deadline to apply?

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

Project approvals

15. How will applications be assessed?

FedNor will assess applications based on the eligibility criteria, as well as the selection criteria that are outlined in the Program Guidelines available at FedNor.gc.ca/CIP, including:

  • Project readiness;
  • Project scope;
  • Extent to which other funding is leveraged; and
  • Link to Canada's 150th anniversary.

Preference may be given to projects that: require less than 50 percent funding; are construction-ready; and, can be materially completed by December 31, 2017.

16. When will applicants find out if their projects are approved?

Applicants will be notified in writing whether their project has been approved. It is anticipated that approvals will occur quickly, to ensure recipients have enough time to plan their projects.

17. If my project is funded, what are the next steps?

Following approval of a project, an environmental determination will be completed. Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, a project may require a federal environmental assessment if it is a "designated project" under the Act or an environmental review if it is located on federal lands. For more information, please refer to the Program Guidelines available online at FedNor.gc.ca/CIP.

FedNor will prepare a contribution agreement for recipients that will outline the approved project funding; the scope of work; claims and reporting procedures; environmental mitigation measures, if applicable; as well as other program requirements including communications and signage.

Other

18. Will this be a permanent program?

No. The two-year program builds on existing, longer-term infrastructure programming and is intended to help create lasting community infrastructure as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.

19. Why isn't the Government offering more funding for infrastructure, given the infrastructure deficit this country faces?

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is a targeted initiative to help rehabilitate, renovate and expand existing public infrastructure in communities across the country.

The program is expected to ensure a lasting legacy resulting from Canada 150, resulting in the modernization of existing community infrastructure and the creation of regional and community-based partnerships.

Beyond this targeted program, as part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada unveiled a plan to invest more than $120 billion in infrastructure over 10 years, to better meet the needs of Canadians and better position Canada's economy for the future.

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