Programs Supporting the Development and Maintenance of Core Municipal Infrastructure
Alberta Community Resiliency Program (ACRP)
The ACRP is a multi-year, provincial grant that focuses on long-term community resilience. As the Province of Alberta moves forward with projects to improve community resilience to flood and drought, it is critical to recognize and respect the relationship between sustainable community development and our watershed systems. Understanding the importance of this relationship, the ACRP has been created to support communities in the development of long-term resilience to flood and drought events. Program priorities are to ensure the protection of critical infrastructure and public safety. ACRP will provide $531 million over 10 years (2015-2025).
Municipalities, First Nations, Metis Settlements, Improvement Districts, and Special Areas are eligible for funding under the ACRP. Eligible projects under ACRP include works that (a) enhance or enable the protection of critical infrastructure, (b) mitigate public safety hazards, or that do both (a) and (b).
The next submission deadline is September 30, 2017.
Budget 2017-18: Approximately $49 million
Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP)
This program assists eligible Alberta municipalities with the construction of priority water supply and treatment and wastewater treatment and disposal facilities. Municipalities with populations up to a maximum of 45,000, Regional Services Commissions, and eligible hamlets within rural municipalities may apply for this competitive project-based capital grant. The AMWWP is a cost-shared program and provincial funding varies with the population of the applicant. The AMWWP is administered by the Ministry of Transportation. Applications for project funding must include a formal request for grant funding, a copy of the project proposal, a copy of the project plan and other supporting documentation. Additional program information can be found on the website.
Budget 2017-18: $50 million
Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG)
The BMTG program provided annual allocation-based funding for capital construction and rehabilitation of local transportation infrastructure including roads, bridges, and public transit.
Effective April 1, 2014, this program was consolidated with the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital Program, administered by Municipal Affairs. Projects using BMTG funding allocated in 2013 and previous years should continue to be reported to Alberta Transportation.
More information about the BMTG can be found on the website.
Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF)
CWWF is a federal program with the grant funding administered through Alberta Transportation. The fund contributes to the rehabilitation of both water treatment and distribution infrastructure and existing wastewater and storm water treatment systems; collection and conveyance infrastructure; and initiatives that improve asset management, system optimization, and planning for future upgrades to water and wastewater systems.
In September 2016 Alberta signed a bi-lateral agreement with Canada to access up to $196.7 million in federal funding for Alberta through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. All funds are currently allocated.
Phase 2 Infrastructure Funding was announced in the Government of Canada’s Budget 2016 Fall Economic Update. Details are expected to be announced in spring 2018.
Additional program information can be found on the website.
Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF)
The renewed Federal GTF was introduced in 2014 as a 10 year program running from 2014-15 to 2023-24. The GTF, a component of the New Building Canada Plan (NBCP), is a federal program that provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity. Under the program, funding is provided to provinces and territories which in turn flow this funding to their municipalities and/or municipal associations. Under the renewed GTF, Alberta is expected to receive $1.08 billion in funding in the first five years of the program.
For more information, please visit the program website, or call a Municipal Affairs grant advisor at 780-422-7125, toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000.
Budget 2017-18: $222 million
Federal Small Communities Fund (SCF)
The Federal SCF assists communities with populations under 100,000 to complete infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Under the SCF, Alberta will be allocated $94 million by the Federal Government and the Province will match the federal contribution giving municipalities a total of $188 million over 10 years.
Eligible applicants include Alberta municipalities, improvement districts, Metis Settlements, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows. The SCF project selection process is competitive; applications are evaluated against established criteria and projects with the highest scores are recommended for funding approval. The application deadline was April 2, 2015 and the program is now closed to new applicants. The list of approved projects can be found in the right-hand column.
Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP)
GreenTRIP was a competitive, application-based program that provided capital funding for new and expanded public transit projects throughout Alberta. The final list of approved projects was announced on December 3, 2016 and the GreenTRIP program has come to a close.
More information about GreenTRIP can be found on the website.
Municipal Sustainability Initiative – Capital
Since the program was announced in 2007, municipalities have been allocated almost $7.6 billion in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital funding to meet the demands of growth, address local infrastructure needs, and enhance municipal sustainability. The Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) was consolidated with the MSI capital program in 2014 resulting in increased program flexibility.
All municipalities in Alberta i.e., city, town, village, specialized municipality, municipal district, improvement district, special area, Metis Settlement, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society, are eligible to receive MSI Capital funding based on their long-term funding agreement.
Eligible project costs directly result in, relate to, or support, the acquisition, construction, development, betterment, rehabilitation or non-routine maintenance of capital assets in a variety of project categories. General types of capital projects include municipal roads, bridges, public transit, water and wastewater systems, emergency services facilities and equipment, solid waste management facilities and equipment, and other municipal buildings and facilities such as recreation and sports facilities, libraries, public works buildings, and cultural/community centres.
MSI funds may be combined with, or used to fund the municipal contribution required under other provincial-municipal or federal-municipal grant programs, unless doing do is prohibited by that program.
Budget 2017-18: $1.18 billion (including $331 million in BMTG funds)
Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP)
The STIP provides financial assistance to municipalities for developing and maintaining key transportation infrastructure that promotes economic growth and improves mobility, while also supporting job creation. STIP does this through strategic, project-specific investment in capital construction, and rehabilitation of important local transportation infrastructure such as local road bridges, community airports and resource roads. Funding is provided to municipalities, based on highest project ranking, on a cost-share basis. The Minister of Transportation approves individual projects.
Budget 2015 restored $100 million in funding to this critical program after STIP was unfunded for new projects for the three previous years. Approximately $35 million in new funding for STIP has been approved for 2017-18.
The government also consulted with municipalities and key stakeholders in spring 2016 to ensure the criteria and application process achieved the most efficient and cost-effective results possible upon reinstatement.
Applications are due November 30, 2017 for funding in the 2018-19 year.
More information about STIP can be found on the website.
Budget 2017-18: $35 million