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Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

May 24, 2016

The Government of Canada is doubling its investment in community and cultural infrastructure, providing an additional $150 million over two years to renovate, expand or improve these spaces across Canada, including projects designed to promote the Government's priorities to ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples and promote a clean growth economy, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).

A part of the federal government's celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, this program responds to the significant demand for community infrastructure improvements.

The program is being administered across Canada by the regional development agencies (RDAs), with each RDA determining how funding is delivered in their respective regions.

Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced today that FedDev Ontario is now accepting applications for Intake Two of CIP 150 in southern Ontario.

FedDev Ontario is delivering the program in southern Ontario with a total allocation of up to $88.8 million over two years. During the first intake of the program, FedDev Ontario received more than 1,100 applications, requesting more than $260 million in funding.

Up to $44.4 million is now available under Intake Two.

FedDev Ontario may contribute up to $1 million per eligible project. Funding recipients may receive up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs.

Priority may be given to projects that require a federal contribution of 33.3 percent of total eligible project costs and to projects with a smaller scope to ensure broad program reach and that projects can be completed within the program timeframes.

How to apply?

Applications for CIP 150 projects in southern Ontario must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 24, 2016. Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit their application using the online form at www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca/CIP150.

Who can apply?

Eligible recipients under the program include:

  • a municipal or regional government established by or under provincial statute;
  • a band council or an Aboriginal government authority established by a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement;
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organization (supported by completed incorporation documentation);
  • a provincial entity that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined by provincial statute; and
  • a public-sector body that is established by or under provincial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a province, municipal or regional government which provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities.

What projects are eligible?

Examples of eligible projects include improving accessibility to a community centre, repairing a museum's roof, expanding a gymnasium, or extending a trail or bike path.

The construction of new infrastructure, projects taking place in multiple locations or facility expansions of more than 50 percent in size are ineligible.

For detailed eligibility requirements, please refer to the guidelines at www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca/CIP150 or call 1-866-593-5505.


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