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$650 Million in Further Support for Indigenous Communities

$650 Million in Further Support for Indigenous Communities

BACKGROUND

A new temporary COVID-19 Resilience stream, with over $3 billion available (Ontario’s share is $1,184,648,346) in existing funding, has been created to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term projects that might not otherwise be eligible under the existing funding streams.

A simplified funding application process will ensure that projects can get underway as soon as possible, and accelerated approvals will ensure that provinces and territories can address pressing needs in a timely manner.

Amendments to the integrated bilateral agreements will be negotiated with Provinces and Territories in the coming weeks in order to take advantage of the new flexibilities. Therefore, application intake is not open yet.

News Release: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2020/08/infrastructure-program-expands-to-support-covid-19-community-resilience.html

Backgrounder: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2020/08/backgrounder-infrastructure-program-expands-to-support-covid-19-community-resilience.html

Program Details: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/covid-19-resilience-eng.html 

KEY-POINTS

  • The maximum size of projects under the stream is set at $10M total eligible costs. For projects under the COVID-19 Resilience stream, the maximum federal contribution from all sources will be:
    • Up to 80% for provinces, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations in the provinces
    • Up to 100% for territories, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations in the territories
    • Up to 100% for Indigenous ultimate recipients in provinces and territories
    • Up to 25% for for-profit private sector ultimate recipients
  • The new stream will support the following types of projects:
    • Retrofits, repairs and upgrades for municipal, territorial, provincial and Indigenous buildings, health infrastructure and schools;
    • COVID-19 response infrastructure, including measures to support physical distancing;
    • Active transportation infrastructure, including parks, trails, foot bridges, bike lanes and multi-use paths; and
    • Disaster mitigation and adaptation projects, including natural infrastructure, flood and fire mitigation, and tree planting and related infrastructure.
  • Eligibility criteria in the Program’s existing streams has also been expanded.  For projects that can start before September 30, 2021, the following additional flexibilities are available:
    • Public Transit stream: now allows standalone pathways and active transportation projects; as well as public sector inter-community commuter transit services; and public sector commuter ferry infrastructure that are not part of an existing transit system.
    • Green Infrastructure stream: also allows standalone pathways and active transportation projects.
    • Rural and Northern Infrastructure stream: mobile and cellular projects under the broadband category; and energy efficiency or reliability projects for communities on established electricity grids under the Arctic Energy Fund.
  • Projects must respect the following timeframes:
    • Construction must start no later than September 30, 2021; and,
    • Projects must be completed by the end of 2021, or by the end of 2022 in the territories and in remote communities.

HOW TO APPLY

NOTE: To allow for these changes in the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, including the establishment of the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, federal and provincial infrastructure agreements will be renegotiated in the coming weeks. We will update once the intake process opens.

  • Applicants submit their projects to the province or territory
  • Province or territory prioritizes projects and submits to Infrastructure Canada
  • Infrastructure Canada reviews, validates eligibility and funding and seeks ministerial approval
  • Projects begin and funding flows when costs are incurred*

*Funds are delivered to provinces and territories through their bilateral agreements with Infrastructure Canada, which must be amended before project lists can be submitted.

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