The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI)
Budget 2014 will invest $3.7 billion over three years under the Municipal Sustainability Initiative —giving municipalities the support they need to address growth pressures. Find out how Alberta is investing in families and communities - Budget 2014 ›
Alberta’s municipalities are strong, vibrant places to live, work and raise a family. In 2007, the $11.3 billion MSI program was announced to provide predictable, sustainable funding for our province’s municipal infrastructure projects to keep our municipalities strong.
Since 2007, Alberta’s municipalities have been allocated $6.04 billion in MSI funding. This has meant communities across Alberta have been able to build or upgrade their public transit vehicles and facilities, recreation and sport facilities, roadways and bridges, and storm sewer systems, to name a few key projects chosen locally, based on priorities. Under the department's three year business plan, $1.24 billion in MSI funding is estimated for 2014-15.
This website is dedicated to telling your community MSI story – and increasing the profile of the projects that are making Alberta’s communities even greater places to live.
Guidelines and forms for the 2014 MSI Capital and MSI Operating programs are now available on the Materials, Forms and Resources page.
The MSI Online System (MSIO) is now available! Municipalities can create and submit MSI capital applications and amendments; create and submit MSI operating spending plans; track the status of MSI capital applications; and access some allocation and project summary reports through MSIO. More information about MSIO is available here.
Key changes to municipal grant programs were announced in the Government of Alberta Budget 2014:
- Consolidation of the MSI Capital and the Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) under the MSI;
- Transfer of the administration of the Building Canada - Gas Tax Fund (BC-GTF) program from Transportation to Municipal Affairs; and
- Realignment of $20 million in funding from the MSI Operating program to the Alberta Community Partnership Program (the former Regional Collaboration Program), as announced in Budget 2013.
The government remains committed to providing the full $11.3 billion in funding to municipalities over the life of the MSI. Funding increases resulting from the consolidation of the MSI Capital and the BMTG will be in addition to this commitment.
The 2014 MSI budget is $1.24 billion: $871 million from the former MSI Capital program, $30 million from the MSI Operating program and $343 million from the former BMTG program. Funding for the consolidated MSI Capital program will be provided under the MSI Capital program conditions. Funding allocations under the consolidated program in 2014 will be calculated using the current MSI formula for the former MSI Capital funds, while the amount of the former BMTG will be calculated using the existing BMTG funding formula.
For More Information
If you have questions about the MSI program, we'd like to hear from you. For program-specific inquiries, please email:
- For MSI Capital Grants: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For MSI Operating Grants: email@example.com
- For MSI Online: MSIOaccess@gov.ab.ca
To ask about the communications activities or to share an MSI success story from your community email:
Meadows Recreation Centre, Library and Park - Edmonton
A new community hub in Edmonton's southeast is taking shape and will include park space, a community recreation centre and a new library.
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.