The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI)
The Government of Alberta is committed to ensuring municipalities have the financial resources they need to support their local infrastructure priorities and build strong, safe and resilient communities through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI). Municipal Affairs has allocated almost $6.7 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 five year business plan, $879.6 million in MSI funding is estimated for 2015, subject to legislative approval of the current budget.
- the MSI operating budget is being maintained at $30 million;
- the MSI capital budget is $849.6 million (which inludes $352.5 million from the former Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) program).
When taking into account the additional $398.9 million provided in March 2015 and Budget 2015-16, MSI allocations increase by $25 million through the 2015 calendar year.
This funding under the new fiscal year, combined with the additional funding provided under Budget 2014 ensures municipalities have the resources to meet their current infrastructure project commitments. Funding for the MSI program remains steady, consistent and predictable.
Due to the release of the March 2015 allocations late in the fiscal year, the March 2015 allocations will follow the program delivery and reporting requirements outlined in the Addendum to 2014 MSI Capital Guidelines, and will be combined with the new 2015 allocations for program delivery purposes.
Guidelines and application forms for the 2015 MSI Capital and MSI Operating programs will be available in April 2015.
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.