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 $7.6 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 other key local priorities.
Under the department's proposed business plan, almost $1.24 billion in MSI funding is being provided for 2016:
- the MSI capital budget is $1.21 billion (which includes $359.5 million from the former Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) program; and
- the MSI operating budget is being maintained at $30 million.
The 2016 program year allocations are available here.
The MSI was launched in 2007 as a 10 year program and funding allocations beyond 2016 are not covered by the current funding agreements between the Government of Alberta and municipalities. The government is working on a plan to ensure infrastructure funding continues to flow to municipalities.
Guidelines and application forms for the 2016 MSI Capital and Operating programs are expected soon.
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.