The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI)
The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) helps support local infrastructure priorities and build strong, safe and resilient communities. Municipal Affairs has allocated approximately $9.2 billion to municipalities since the program launched in 2007. This has meant communities across Alberta have been able to build and rehabilitate their roadways and bridges, water and wastewater systems, public transit facilities, and recreation and sport facilities, and address other key local priorities.
An additional $800 million is being added to the MSI in the 2017-18 fiscal year through a supplementary estimate.
- Municipalities will receive this money in the 2018 calendar year along with allocations approved in the upcoming provincial budget.
- This does not constitute an overall increase to MSI funding, and is a one-time change in the timing of MSI funding to municipalities.
The March 2018 program allocations are available here.
Please be advised that as of January 1, 2017, all MSI documentation, including MSI Capital project applications and amendments, Operating spending plans, and Capital and Operating SFEs, must be submitted through the Municipal Sustainability Online (MSIO) system. These documents will no longer be accepted through email, fax or post.
Access to MSIO is available through MAConnect, the web portal that provides Government of Alberta staff and external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs' key business applications. MAConnect can be found at http://www.maconnect.alberta.ca.
Municipalities that have not previously used MAConnect will have to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to MSIO. To request a Stakeholder Agreement, or for MSIO support, please contact MSIOaccess@gov.ab.ca or call 780-644-2413 (toll-free by dialling 310-0000 first).
Guidelines and application forms for the 2017 MSI Capital and Operating programs can be found here.
Lethbridge Enmax Centre
Thanks in part to funding from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, Lethbridge residents and visitors are enjoying a renovated and expanded recreation centre.