Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program - Frequently asked questions

General

  1. What amount of funding is available?

    When Budget 2016 was tabled, the Government of Canada announced a second component for the CIP150, allocating additional funding of $150 million to the program nationally. Thus, in Quebec, $31.2 million is added to the initial $31.2 million.
     
  2. What amount of funding can be allocated per project under the CIP150?

    Projects can receive a maximum non-repayable contribution of $500,000, provided that this contribution does not exceed 50% of eligible costs. Priority may be given to projects requiring federal funding for only one third (33.3%) of eligible costs.

    The maximum federal contribution cannot exceed 50% of eligible project costs, including any part from the Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline. So, recipients must cover the remaining project costs using their own funds or other identified sources. It will all be confirmed when the project is analyzed.

    There is no pre-established minimum contribution amount. The amount of assistance must match the minimum amount required for carrying out the project.
     
  3. It is stated that the maximum federal contribution includes any funding from the Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline (also called the Gas Tax Fund). What is the Gas Tax Fund?

    It is a federal tax levied on gasoline. An agreement between the governments of Canada and Quebec ensures that part of the revenue from the federal excise tax on gasoline is transferred to Quebec municipalities. Therefore, the municipalities have a fund that comes from tax on gasoline (GTF) dedicated to funding infrastructure projects in their communities. That funding is considered a federal contribution to the financial package for a project submitted under the CIP150.
     
  4. When can we submit our application on line?

    This call for proposals is in effect from June 1 to July 8, 2016 (5 p.m. EDT).
     
  5. How can we obtain funding?

    Eligible clients are invited to submit their applications using the on-line form on CED’s website. You can contact an advisor from the Business Development and Infrastructure Directorate by phone at 1-844-465-0621 or by email at dec.infrastructure.ced@canada.ca for support or more information.
     
  6. Will there be an extension for submitting a project?

    No, there will be no extra time.
     
  7. Will projects that are rejected under component 1 of the CIP150 be considered under component 2?

    All projects will have to be submitted using the form for component 2 to be considered. They will have to meet the criteria for this new component in order to be eligible.

Eligibility

  1. What clients are eligible for the CIP150?

    Eligible clients include:
    • Municipalities;
    • Provincial or public organizations that provide municipal-type infrastructure services;
    • Non-profit organizations (NPOs); and
    • Band councils, Indigenous administrations or authorities, and other Indigenous organizations.
       
  2. What criteria must an NPO meet to be eligible?

    The organization must have a community mandate. The organization and its mandate must exist (be formally established and registered with the REQ) by May 24, 2016. An organization having a community mandate means that it provides activities (usually not covered by the public network) to a community’s residents and aims for mobilization around shared objectives or projects. The term “community” also encompasses leisure, recreational and sports activities.
     
  3. Is a campground (NPO) an authorized client?

    No. A campground’s activities are considered to have a commercial, not community, mandate.
     
  4. What municipality size will be prioritized?

    Depending on demand, priority may be given to projects from smaller municipalities.
     
  5. Will candidates that previously received project funding under a different CED infrastructure funding program be eligible for the second CIP150 call for proposals?

    With component 2 of the CIP150, priority is given to projects that did not receive funding under the Local Investment Initiative (LII), the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) or in the first CIP150 call for proposals.
     
  6. What infrastructures are eligible for the CIP150

    The program supports projects for the renovation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure.

    The types of infrastructure targeted are:
    • Recreational trails * (e.g. hiking, mountain biking, cross-country ski, snowshoe and other types of trails), except for motorized trails and bike paths
    • Local arenas *
    • Community centres *
    • Gymnasiums *
    • Pools *
    • Parks
    • Bike paths
    • Cultural centres, museums, interpretation centres and libraries
    • Sports fields and other recreational facilities
    • Tourism facilities (e.g. hospitality infrastructure or tourist information booth)
    • Docks
    • Other public community infrastructure

    * Prioritized under the theme of A clean growth economy
     
  7. Definitions of eligible infrastructure types, considering the program’s essential conditions and criteria
    • Local arena: neighbourhood, municipal or NPO arena open and accessible to the public;
    • Library: open and accessible to the public, excluding libraries in Quebec’s education system;
    • Community centre: municipal or NPO open and accessible to the public;
    • Cultural centre: municipal or NPO open and accessible to the public and provides community recreation activities;
    • Interpretation centre: municipal or NPO open and accessible to the public and provides community recreation activities;
    • Gymnasium: municipal or NPO open and accessible to the public, excluding gyms in Quebec’s education system;
    • Tourism facility: local hospitality infrastructure or information booth;
    • Museum: municipal or NPO (e.g. economuseums), excluding national museums of Quebec and Canada;
    • Park: municipal park, playground, regional park, excluding parks operated by the SÉPAQ or Parks Canada;
    • Pool: municipal or NPO open and accessible to the public;
    • Bike path: municipal or NPO open and accessible to the public;
    • Dock: municipal or NPO open and accessible to the public, excluding private or commercial docks;
    • Recreational trail: hiking, mountain biking, cross-country ski or snowshoe trail, not reserved for elite or professional sports/athletes, open and accessible to the public, excluding motorized trails;
    • Sports field: tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, athletics track, skateboard park, outdoor skating rink open and accessible to the public.
       
  8. Are new infrastructures eligible under the CIP150?

    New constructions being put up are not eligible because the objective of the CIP150 is to support the renovation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure.
     
  9. Are the costs connected with infrastructures that are peripheral to the main infrastructure authorized?

    Yes, if the peripheral infrastructures are lasting, provide a service to users and are required for the proper operation of the main infrastructure. For example, those infrastructures can also be for ensuring the safety of the premises. Examples of peripheral infrastructures: parking lot, change room, washrooms and other essential peripheral equipment like bridges and culverts for paths, reception areas, shelters and signs.
     
  10. Are floating docks considered eligible infrastructures?

    Yes, because those docks would be considered permanent since they require work to attach them to the lake or river bed

Essential conditions et criteria

  1. What are the essential eligibility conditions?
    • The project must support the rehabilitation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure;
    • The project must be completed by December 31, 2017, at the latest;
    • The infrastructure must fall under one of the two selected themes;
    • The applicant organization’s community mandate must be in effect by May 24, 2016; and
    • The project must be used for community infrastructure and be accessible to the public once completed.
       
  2. What is a community infrastructure accessible to the public?

    The infrastructure must be for the community and must be open and accessible to the public no later than the project’s end date. Infrastructure being open and accessible to the public means that it is clearly shown that a considerably large segment of the population can benefit from the premises most of the time. Use of the premises must not be solely reserved for a single group, such as the members of an NPO, for example.
     
  3. What is meant by durability and sustainability of the infrastructure?

    Since the CIP150 is aiming to equip communities with lasting infrastructures, the work carried out on infrastructures under the program must have that intent. Also, organizations must demonstrate that the premises will be maintained once the project is finished.
     
  4. What are the themes for this second CIP150 call for proposals?

    The second call for proposals focuses on two themes:
    1. A clean growth economy – which will combine projects with a positive impact on the environment (green space improvement, new source of energy, reduction in energy and water use, reduction or elimination of waste or contaminants, use of green or recycled materials, etc.); and
    2. A better future for Indigenous peoples – which will combine projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.
       
  5. Will projects be prioritized in a similar way for both themes?

    No. For projects submitted under the A clean growth economy theme, priority will be given to:
    • One project per client under the CIP150 (including those from component 1);
    • Clients that have not received funding under the Local Investment Initiative (LII) or the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF);
    • Projects in small municipalities;
    • Projects demonstrating a greater positive impact on the environment.
       
    For projects submitted under the A better future for Indigenous peoples theme, CED has not defined any prioritizing criteria.

Eligible and non-eligible costs

  1. What costs are eligible for CIP150 funding?

    Eligible costs under the CIP150 include all costs incurred by the recipient on or after the date that the funding application is submitted and that are reasonable and essential for implementing the eligible activities. Those costs are directly related to costs for renovating or improving existing community infrastructure, including expansion:
    • fees paid to professionals, consultants and contractors;
    • costs for environmental assessments and monitoring programs;
    • other costs deemed direct and essential for the project’s success, including the salaries of the recipient’s employees directly connected with the project.
       
  2. What costs are not eligible?

    Non-eligible costs are as follows:
    • Feasibility study and planning costs;
    • Clients’ internal operations costs;
    • Legal fees;
    • Mobile equipment and movable property;
    • Common maintenance costs;
    • Building or land acquisition costs;
    • Taxes, such as GST/QST, for which the recipient is eligible for a refund or any other costs eligible for a rebate;
    • Costs that are not essential or not directly related to the project; and
    • Costs incurred before the application is submitted to CED.
       
  3. Is the funding retroactive?

    For projects that are accepted, eligible costs are those incurred on or after the date that the application is submitted. A client that decides to carry out the work before signing a contribution agreement with CED does so at its own expense.
     
  4. Can a project involve more than one infrastructure?

    No, only one infrastructure per project is accepted.
     
  5. How many projects per client can be submitted?

    Only one project per client can be submitted under the A clean growth economy theme. A client can submit more than one project under the A better future for Indigenous peoples theme.

Project approval

  1. On what basis will applications be analyzed?

    A project will be analyzed based on specific criteria, namely:

    • Speed of implementation
    • Participation of other donors
    • Financial viability
    • Technical and financial management ability
    • Sustainability of the infrastructure
    • Connection with Canada’s 150th birthday
    • Availability of program funds
    • Connection with the themes of the call for proposals
     
  2. How will the representatives of selected projects be notified?

    When the call for proposals closes, CED will contact the representatives of projects deemed eligible and prioritized in order to complete the analysis and sign a contribution agreement.
     
  3. What are the next steps after a project is selected for funding?

    When a project is approved, a contribution agreement will be signed specifying the approved funding amount, the eligible costs authorized, the conditions for carrying out the project and the contribution payment process.
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