Federal Gas Tax Fund
The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) was confirmed as part of the federal Budget 2014, and will run from 2014 to 2024. As part of the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal GTF provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity. Under the GTF, Alberta is expected to receive $222 million in 2017-18, and $1.08 billion from 2014-15 to 2018-19.
GTF funding is provided to provinces and territories which in turn flow this funding to municipalities. Municipalities can pool, bank and borrow against this funding, providing significant financial flexibility.
Under the program municipalities determine projects and activities to be funded by the GTF based on local priorities, within the general qualification criteria set out in the administrative guidelines. The funding provided under this program is in addition to other provincial grant funding, such as the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, and non-grant funding of municipal infrastructure. It is intended to cover capital costs only and may not be used for maintenance costs, operating costs, debt reduction, or replacement of existing municipal infrastructure expenditures.
Key changes to the GTF for 2017 include:
- Federal signage requirements for the GTF are now available on the Materials and Resources page.
- GTF allocations have been recalculated to reflect the 2017 program budget and Municipal Affairs 2016 Population List.
- 2017 GTF program guidelines are expected soon.
- As in previous years, GTF applications should indicate the project start and end dates in the comment section for each project submitted via the Municipal Grants Management Application system.
- In 2016, Infrastructure Canada approved Alberta's approach to asset management. Additional information on the approach is available on the Materials and Resources page.