The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI)
The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) helps support local infrastructure priorities and build strong, safe and resilient communities. Municipal Affairs has allocated approximately $8.4 billion to municipalities since the program launched in 2007. This has meant communities across Alberta have been able to build and rehabilitate their roadways and bridges, water and wastewater systems, public transit facilities, and recreation and sport facilities, and address other key local priorities.
Under the department's proposed business plan, just over $1.2 billion in MSI funding will be provided for 2017:
- the MSI capital budget is $1.18 billion (which includes $335 million from the former Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG); and
- the MSI operating budget is $30 Million.
The 2017 program allocations are available here.
Please be advised that as of January 1, 2017, all MSI documentation, including MSI Capital project applications and amendments, Operating spending plans, and Capital and Operating SFEs, must be submitted through the Municipal Sustainability Online (MSIO) system. These documents will no longer be accepted through email, fax or post.
Access to MSIO is available through MAConnect, the web portal that provides Government of Alberta staff and external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs' key business applications.
Municipalities that have not previously used MAConnect will have to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to MSIO. To request a Stakeholder Agreement, or for MSIO support, please contact MSIOaccess@gov.ab.ca or call 780-644-2413 (toll-free by dialling 310-0000 first).
Guidelines and application forms for the 2017 MSI Capital and Operating programs are expected soon.
Lethbridge Enmax Centre
Thanks in part to funding from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, Lethbridge residents and visitors are enjoying a renovated and expanded recreation centre.