Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Now Accepting Applications

Curling Clubs have begun to receive funding through a new grant – the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Eligible Recipients

Organizations eligible to apply for funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program include:

  • Municipalities and First Nations in Northern Ontario;
  • 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 province or municipal government and provide municipal-type infrastructure services.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects will be for the rehabilitation or improvement, including expansion, of existing infrastructure for public use or benefit that:

  • provides 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;
  • is non-commercial in nature, open for use to the public and is not limited to a private membership; and,
  • can be completed by March 31, 2018.

In Northern Ontario, preference will be given to projects that are construction ready, and can be materially (substantially) completed by December 31, 2017.

Projects must fall within the following categories to be eligible for funding:

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

Eligible Project Costs

Eligible costs are costs considered to be direct and necessary for the successful implementation of an eligible project, excluding those explicitly identified as ineligible costs, which are paid by an eligible recipient.

Eligible costs for support are as follows:

  • costs that are incurred between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018;
  • costs to rehabilitate or improve fixed capital assets of community infrastructure, including expansions;
  • fees paid to professionals, technical personnel, consultants and contractors specifically engaged for the purpose of the rehabilitation or expansion project;
  • costs of environmental assessments, monitoring and follow-up programs as required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) or equivalent legislation;
  • costs of any public announcement and official ceremony or of any temporary or permanent signage that includes the cost of creation and posting of signage;
  • other costs that are considered to be direct and necessary for the successful implementation of the project and that are approved in advance; and
  • employee and other incremental costs.

Ineligible Project Costs

Costs related to the following items are ineligible costs for support under the program:

  • project costs incurred after March 31, 2018;
  • moveable equipment, including motorized vehicles such as Zambonis, snow groomers, and ATVs;
  • services or work that is normally provided by the recipient or a related party;
  • a recipient’s overhead costs, its direct or indirect operating or administrative costs, and more specifically its costs related to planning, engineering, architecture, supervision, management and other activities normally carried out by the recipient’s staff;
  • the cost of feasibility and planning studies;
  • taxes, such as GST and HST, for which the recipient is eligible for a tax rebate and all other costs eligible for rebates;
  • the cost of land or any interest therein, and related costs;
  • legal fees;
  • routine maintenance costs;
  • project administration costs that involve the salaries and benefits of existing staff and general administration costs unrelated to project implementation; and
  • in-kind contributions (e.g. volunteer labour and equipment) that are included in the total project costs.

Funding

  • financial assistance provided under this program will be in the form of non-repayable contributions;
  • the amount of funding being requested under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program cannot exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs, 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 eligible project costs;

In Northern Ontario, preference may be given to projects that require less than 50% funding and have confirmed funding from other sources for projects starting prior to April 1, 2016.

Application Process

Project applications will be accepted on a continuous basis beginning on May 20, 2015. Eligible applicants may apply for more than one project, but must prioritize their projects in their application. Projects can be started and costs incurred as of the date of the application to FedNor, but eligible costs will not be supported by the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program prior to April 1, 2016.

Applications must include the following:

  • a completed Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Application Form for Northern Ontario applicants;
  • current financial statements;
  • evidence of either confirmed or intended other sources of funding; and
  • an endorsement by the appropriate authority or regulatory body.

Additional materials that an applicant may wish to provide to support their application include the following:

  • if applicants have a long-term lease in place – provide written confirmation that you have permission from the owner to undertake improvements;
  • for projects undertaking an expansion of a building – provide proof (such as blueprints) that the expansion is less than 50% of the existing square footage/footprint; and
  • evidence that community-based partnerships have been formed in support of the implementation of the project.

Project applications will be assessed on the eligibility requirements and priority areas described above. FedNor may contact applicants for additional information or further detail as a review of the information is undertaken. Applicants cannot presume that financial support will be provided toward their project until written approval is obtained through a signed contribution agreement. Project approvals are contingent on project eligibility and funding availability.

Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to report to FedNor on project expenditures and activities and the results/outcomes of the project.

Expected Results

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will leave a meaningful and lasting legacy to Canada’s 150th anniversary. Expected results include:

  • modernization of existing community infrastructure facilities or assets; and,
  • fostering of regional/community-based partnerships.

Service Standards

FedNor is committed to providing quality service to all applicants and funding recipients in the official language of their choice.

Our goal is to:

  • acknowledge receipt of an application within three (3) working days; and,
  • provide a decision on applications within eighty (80) working days of receipt of a fully completed application.

How to Apply

Please call 1-877-333-6673 to discuss your proposal with a FedNor Officer in your area or begin your application process.