Important dates

Application status: Open until November 30 for funding in the following year
Ministry responsible: Alberta Transportation

Overview

The Resource Road Program (RRP) is one of 4 funding streams of the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program. It provides funding to municipalities for roads used by new and existing industries such as value-added processing, resource agricultural sectors.

Funding

Funding is determined each budget cycle. Private sector contractors and suppliers must be used to carry out all work.

Funding for approved projects is cost-shared:

  • 50% provincial contribution for eligible costs of up to a maximum of $3 million per project
  • 50% from municipal and private sector sources:
    • Municipalities are encouraged to provide 25% of the funding required and get a 25% contribution from the private sector that will benefit from the project

Projects with other funding sources, such as federal or private industry contributions, are scored higher than those with municipal funding only.

Eligible applicants can also apply for federal funding to support local transportation infrastructure projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities stream.

Eligibility

Proposed projects are reviewed to ensure they meet program criteria. Projects are then rated on a province-wide, competitive basis and evaluated on:

  • basic need
  • safety
  • functionality
  • impacts on the overall transportation network
  • the current condition of the infrastructure
  • total traffic volumes
  • truck traffic volumes
  • cost effectiveness and efficiency
  • collaboration or partnership with industry or other municipalities
  • economic, social, environmental or innovation benefits
  • use of alternate sources to fund the project (federal or private investment)

Eligible applicants

The following are eligible to apply:

  • towns
  • villages
  • summer villages
  • counties
  • specialized municipalities outside the defined urban service area
  • municipal districts
  • the special areas
  • Métis Settlements

Municipalities can only receive funding for one project under the Resource Road Program every 2 years, regardless of the size of the project.

Ineligible entities

The following are not eligible to apply:

  • cities
  • private organizations
  • non-government agencies
  • charitable societies
  • non-government operating authorities

Eligible projects

The following projects are eligible for this grant:

  • build or improve local roads and bridges to support industrial growth, including intersection improvements where local roads connect with provincial highways
  • roads must be open to all publicly-licensed vehicles and not subject to any municipal general user fees

Ineligible projects

The following projects are not eligible for this grant:

  • paving
  • projects that are underway or complete
  • roads with general user fees

Ineligible costs

This grant will not cover the following costs:

  • paving
  • utility relocations
  • crop damage
  • operating or normal maintenance
  • administrative activities
  • GST
  • financing expenses
  • land acquisition
  • fencing
  • legal fees

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program Guidelines

Step 2. Complete the application package

Include the following documents in your application package:

  • cover letter
  • basic Information
  • project benefits
  • project information

See the guidelines for details on the document requirements.

Step 3. Submit the application package

Applications may be submitted:

Municipalities must advise their Alberta Transportation regional office of online submissions.

Find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Alberta Transportation Regions list (PDF, 608 KB)

After you apply

Applicants will be notified in writing about the status of their application.

Reporting

Municipalities must provide a final report which summarizes expenditures for all approved projects and includes:

  • final payment claim
  • copies of all invoices
  • construction completion certificate
  • photos of the completed project
  • the project’s return on investment, including measurement of the impact of the investment on regional economic growth, job creation numbers, improved safety and access, increased functionality of the facility, and other benefits

Grant recipients

Resource Road Program grants to municipalities

Contact

For more information about the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program, find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Alberta Transportation Regions list (PDF, 608 KB), then contact your local Alberta Transportation Regional Office:

Central Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-340-5166
Fax: 403-340-4810

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8
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North Central Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 12:00 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-674-4700
Fax: 780-674-8383

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
4513 62 Avenue
Barrhead, Alberta  T7N 1A5
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Peace Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-624-6280
Fax: 780-624-2440

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
1st Floor, Provincial Building 
9621 96 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta  T8S 1T4
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Southern Region

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-381-5426

Address:
Infrastructure Manager
3rd Floor, Administration Building
909 3 Avenue North
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1H 0H5
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