Rural and northern communities infrastructure

Eligible organizations can apply for funding to support projects that improve infrastructure in small, rural and remote communities.

Application status: Open until August 1, 2018
Ministry responsible: Alberta Infrastructure

Overview

Under the federal government's Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, Alberta will receive $159.7 million for rural and northern community projects over the next 10 years.

Rural and remote communities with populations of 100,000 or fewer can apply for funding to support projects that improve food security, local road or air infrastructure, broadband connectivity, efficient and reliable energy sources.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects must meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • improved food security
  • improved and/or more reliable road, air and/or marine infrastructure
  • improved broadband connectivity
  • more efficient and/or reliable energy
  • improved education and/or health facilities (specific to Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action)
  • one of the project outcomes in the other three streams

Ineligible projects include:

  • projects in communities with a population over 100,000
  • housing
  • early learning and child care facilities
  • health facilities and primary and secondary education facilities, with the exception of those projects which advance the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action
  • highways and trade corridors, except for portions that connect communities that do not already have year round road access
  • resource development infrastructure, notably industrial resource development access roads, except for portions that connect communities that do not already have year round road access in the territories

Cost sharing

The federal government will cost share for eligible projects up to the following:

  • 50% for provincial projects; or for municipalities with populations more than 5,000 and not-for-profit partners
  • 60% for municipalities with populations less than 5,000
  • 75% for projects with Indigenous partners
  • 25% for private sector, for-profit partners (when eligible)

Eligible applicants

  • Municipal government
  • Public sector body that is established by or under provincial statute or by regulation or is wholly-owned by Alberta, or a municipal government
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • When working in collaboration with a municipality, a public or not-for-profit institution that is directly or indirectly authorized, under the terms of provincial or federal statute, or royal charter, to deliver post-secondary courses or programs that lead to recognized and transferable post-secondary credentials
  • For-profit organizations, when working in collaboration with one or more of the entities referred to above or an Indigenous government listed below
  • The following Indigenous Ultimate Recipients:
    • A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act
    • A First Nation, Inuit or Métis government or authority established pursuant to a self-government agreement or a comprehensive land claim agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada and an Indigenous people of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation
    • A First Nation, Inuit or Métis government that is established by or under legislation whether federal or provincial that incorporates a governance structure
    • A not-for-profit organization whose central mandate is to improve Indigenous outcomes, working in collaboration with one or more of the Indigenous entities referred to above, a municipality, or Alberta

How to apply

The first intake period runs from April 3 to August 1, 2018.

Complete the Expression of Interest form

After you apply

At the end of each intake period:

  • The province will review projects for program eligibility, provincial priority and to ensure that cost-share requirements are met.
  • The province will identify projects to be submitted to the federal government for final approval.
  • Project applicants will be invited to complete a federal application form.

Reporting requirements

Climate assessments

All projects with total eligible costs over $10 million will require climate assessments as part of the project submission process.

This includes a Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Assessment and the Climate Change Resilience Assessment.

More details will be shared with eligible applicants.

Community employment benefits

All projects with total eligible costs over $25 million will be required to report on Community Employment Benefits generated by the project.

This requirement is intended to increase employment opportunities for the following targeted groups in the construction industry and related sectors: apprentices, Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, youth, new Canadians, or small-sized, medium sized and social enterprises.

More details will be shared with eligible applicants.

Contact

Email: alberta.icip@gov.ab.ca