Application status: Open until November 30 for funding in the following year
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 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.
Proposed projects are reviewed to ensure they meet program criteria. Projects are then rated on a provincewide, competitive basis and evaluated on:
- basic need
- 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)
The following are eligible to apply:
- summer villages
- specialized municipalities outside the defined urban service area
- municipal districts
- the special areas
- Metis Settlements
Municipalities can only receive funding for one project under the Resource Road Program every 2 years, regardless of the size of the project.
The following are not eligible to apply:
- private organizations
- non-government agencies
- charitable societies
- non-government operating authorities
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
The following projects are not eligible for this grant:
- projects that are underway or complete
- roads with general user fees
This grant will not cover the following costs:
- utility relocations
- crop damage
- operating or normal maintenance
- administrative activities
- financing expenses
- land acquisition
- legal fees
How to apply
Step 1. Read the 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:
- online through the Municipal Grants Management Application
- in person or by mail to your local Alberta Transportation Regional Office
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.
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
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:
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