Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

As part of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada has established the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (150CIP). The 150CIP is delivered through Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs). In Quebec, this program, which has a dedicated budget for the province of $31.2 million, is delivered by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) through a call for proposals.

The 150CIP supports the renovation, improvement and expansion of community infrastructures. It seeks to support non-profit organizations in all Quebec communities that make infrastructures available to citizens that contribute to the communities’ vitality. This is why the following two themes were chosen for this call for proposals: Proud of our parks, trails and watercourses and Strong, active, united communities.

Please note that this call for proposals has closed and new applications for funding are therefore no longer being accepted.

A second call for proposals will be issued on June 1st, 2016. Stay tuned!

To learn more now about the principal eligibility criteria, the types of activities and infrastructures that can be supported or the financial assistance that may be granted, read the following information or download the information pamphlet (PDFCommunity Infrastructure Program, 320 Ko).

Eligibility for this call for proposals

Eligible clients

  • Non-profit organizations (NPO) and non-profit cooperatives

Essential conditions

  • The project must be completed by December 31, 2017 at the latest
  • The organization and its community vocation must exist as of May 19, 2015
  • The infrastructure must be a community one and accessible to the public once the project has been completed
  • One single project per client as part of the 150CIP
 

Non-eligible clients

  • Corporations
  • Profit-oriented organization
  • Municipalities
  • Public organizations including health and social service organizations, schools and school boards

Authorization to undertake the work

  • In certain cases, for example, when the organization does not own the infrastructure concerned, it must demonstrate that it has the authority required to undertake the work included in its project.

Types of projects

Priority infrastructures for this call for proposals

Proud of our parks, trails and watercourses

  • Shoreline development for outdoor activities (ex.: public access to water)
  • Regional park
  • Bicycle path
  • Community dock (including marina and recreational harbour)

Strong, active, united communities

  • Community centre
  • Sports field (ex.: tennis, baseball, soccer or other sports field)
  • Game field (ex.: lawn bowling, playground equipment for children)
 

Other infrastructures considered depending on fund availability

Proud of our parks, trails and watercourses

  • Local tourism facility (ex.: tourism information booth)
  • Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoe trail
  • Other non-motorized recreational trail

Strong, active, united communities

  • Arena
  • Gymnasium
  • Golf course pavilion and building
  • Pool
 

Infrastructures not considered for this call for proposals

  • Motorized trails, such as those for snowmobiles or quad bikes, golf courses, ski centres, libraries, cultural centres, museums and interpretation centres, war memorials and broadband projects.

Non-eligible infrastructures

  • Facilities used primarily for commercial or for-profit activities, as well as new constructions.

Financial assistance

Eligible costs

  • All costs directly related to the project, deemed reasonable and essential for the implementation of the project. In certain cases, restrictions may apply.

Non-eligible costs

  • Costs incurred before the submission of the request for financial assistance
  • Refinancing of an existing debt
  • Amortization expenses
  • Costs for acquiring buildings or land

Type of assistance

  • Non-repayable contribution, up to a maximum of $500,000

Assistance rate*

  • Up to 50% of the eligible costs

*The maximum federal contribution cannot exceed 50% of the authorized costs of the project, including any part provided from the Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline.

Principal criteria for analysis

The projects will be analyzed in keeping with specific criteria, namely :

  • The speed with which work on your project is to start
  • Participation of other funders
  • Financial viability
  • Technical and financial management capacity
  • Sustainability of the infrastructure
  • Availability of program funding

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is in effect until March 31, 2018.

 

For more information

Contact an advisor from the Business Development and Infrastructure Directorate by telephone at 1-844-465-0621, by fax at 514-283-3637 or by email at infrastructure@dec-ced.gc.ca.