On May 15, 2015 the federal government announced $150 million in funding for the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
The program will provide support for the renovation, expansion and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public.
Eligible recipients for funding include provinces, territories, municipalities, regional governments, Aboriginal organizations and not-for-profit organizations.
Applicants can submit their application online through their respective regional development agency. In Western Canada the program will be delivered by the Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).
As the objective of this program is to ensure a lasting legacy resulting from Canada 150, in Western Canada strong preference will be given to projects that are undertaking meaningful upgrades to existing cultural and community facilities and those that will provide long-term benefits to a community.
Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported include:
- Community centres (including legions);
- Cultural centres and museums;
- Parks, recreational trails such as fitness trails, bike paths and other types of trails;
- Recreational facilities including local arenas, gymnasia, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts or other types of recreational facilities;
- Tourism facilities;
- Cenotaphs; and,
- Other existing community infrastructure for public benefit.
Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:
- The amount of funding being requested under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program 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 the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program 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, Manitoba); and,
- Be materially complete by March 31, 2018.
Applications in Western Canada will be accepted until Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. PST.
For full details on eligibility and the application process, visit http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/18872.asp.