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The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), in effect until March 31, 2014, aims to support the rehabilitation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure. 

This initiative operates through calls for proposals. Proposals must be filed using the electronic application form and submitted during one of the two following periods:

  • from July 25, 2012 to October 1, 2012 (closed)
  • from February 18, 2013 to April 30, 2013 (closed)
Please note that for-profit organizations such as businesses and cooperatives are not eligible for this initiative. 

To learn more about the main eligibility criteria, the types of projects or infrastructure to be given priority under the initiative, or the type of assistance available, please consult the following tabs or download the initiative leaflet (PDFCommunity Infrastructure Improvement Fund, 278K).

Eligible clients

  • Not-for-profit organizations (priority client)
  • Public or parapublic organizations
  • First Nation governments (i.e., Band or Tribal Council, or its agent)

Non-eligible clients

  • For-profit businesses
  • Cooperatives

Main analysis criteria

Projects are assessed based on specific criteria, such as:

  • project-readiness
  • project completion by March 31, 2014
  • involvement of other financial backers
  • anticipated economic benefits
  • expected results of the project
  • viability of the organization
  • technical and financial management capacity
  • level of risk
  • availability of program funds

Submitting a project

Do you wish to submit a project? Fill out the electronic application form.

If your project is prioritized, the Agency will notify you in writing. You will then have 30 calendar days to produce the following information, failing which your project could be refused.

  1. Confirmation of all required financing for the project
  2. A resolution from the board of directors or a copy of the general bylaws indicating the name of the person authorized to deal with the Agency on the project

For more information, contact an advisor from your region's business office. He or she will be happy to guide you through the process.

Eligible activities

  • Rehabilitation, improvement or expansion of an existing community infrastructure

Prioritized infrastructure

  • Community centres* administered by NPOs
  • Recreational facilities administered by NPOs
    • Marinas
    • Golf course clubhouses
    • Sports fields
    • Playground and park buildings
  • Community centres* administered by municipalities of less than 1,000 inhabitants

*A site, including indoor and outdoor spaces, that serves as a local or community gathering place for social or recreational activities.  

Other eligible infrastructure

The following infrastructure will be considered in this second call for proposals provided sufficient funding is available.  
  • Arenas
  • Gymnasiums
  • Pools
  • Parks
  • Recreational trails
  • Motor trails
  • Other recreational facilities
  • Cultural centres
  • Libraries
  • Tourism facilities
  • Campgrounds
  • Summer camps
  • Ski centres
  • Other types of local community infrastructure

Non-eligible infrastructure

  • Facilities used primarily for commercial or for-profit activities
  • New constructions

Type of assistance

Maximum non-repayable contribution of $1M

Rate of assistance

Up to 50% of authorized costs

Obligatory condition

The project must be completed by March 31, 2014.

Authorized costs

All costs directly related to the project, deemed reasonable and essential to its completion. Restrictions may apply in certain cases.

Non-eligible costs

All costs not essential or not directly related to the project.

The following costs in particular are non-eligible:

  • refinancing of an existing debt
  • depreciation costs
  • goodwill costs
  • costs incurred prior to April 1, 2012, or after March 31, 2014

For more information, contact an advisor from your region's business office.

Calls for proposals