Programs Supporting the Development and Maintenance of Core Municipal Infrastructure
Alberta Community Resiliency Program (ACRP)
The ACRP is a multi-year, provincial grant that focuses on long-term community resilience. As the Province of Alberta moves forward with projects to improve community resilience to flood and drought, it is critical to recognize and respect the relationship between sustainable community development and our watershed systems. Understanding the importance of this relationship, the ACRP has been created to support communities in the development of long-term resilience to flood and drought events. Program priorities are to ensure the protection of critical infrastructure and public safety. ACRP will provide $500 million over 10 years (2015-2025).
Municipalities, First Nations, Metis Settlements, Improvement Districts, and Special Areas are eligible for funding under the ACRP. Eligible projects under ACRP include works that (a) enhance or enable the protection of critical infrastructure, (b) mitigate public safety hazards, or that do both (a) and (b).
Budget 2016-17: Approximately $40 million
Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP)/ Water for Life
This project-specific program supports eligible municipalities with the capital construction of municipal water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment and disposal facilities.
Municipalities with populations up to a maximum of 45,000, Regional Services Commissions, and eligible hamlets within rural municipalities may apply for this competitive project-based capital grant.
The AMWWP is a cost-shared program and provincial funding varies with the service population of the applicant. Under the Water for Life component, construction of regional water and wastewater systems may be provided with enhanced cost-shared funding.
The AMWWP is administered by the Ministry of Transportation. Applications for project funding must include a formal request for grant funding, a copy of the project proposal, a copy of the project plan and other supporting documentation. Program information can be found on the Alberta Transportation website.
Budget 2016-17: $130 million
Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG)
The BMTG program provides allocation-based support to Alberta municipalities for capital transportation infrastructure.
Provincial grant funding is provided annually to municipalities for eligible priority transportation infrastructure. The Minister approves the annual allocations and municipalities must submit a list of proposed work (Application for Program Acceptance - APA) for coming years. APAs must be completed through the Transportation Department's online system: Municipal Grants Management Application (MGMA). Eligible capital projects include: construction and rehabilitation of local and regional roads and streets, rehabilitation and construction of municipal bridges, and municipally-owned infrastructure for transit service systems (e.g., light rail train lines and stations, bus terminals and transit passenger vehicles such as buses and light rail trains).
Effective April 1st, 2014, this program is consolidated with the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital Program, administered by Municipal Affairs. Applications proposing to use BMTG funding allocated in 2013 and previous years should continue to be submitted to Alberta Transportation.
More information about the BMTG can be found on the website.
Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF)
The renewed Federal GTF was introduced in 2014 as a 10 year program running from 2014-15 to 2023-24. The GTF, a component of the New Building Canada Plan (NBCP), is a federal program that 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 program, funding is provided to provinces and territories which in turn flow this funding to their municipalities and/or municipal associations. Under the renewed GTF, Alberta is expected to receive $1.08 billion in funding in the first five years of the program.
For more information, please visit the program website, or call a Municipal Affairs grant advisor at 780-422-7125, toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000.
Budget 2016-17:$219.1 million
Federal Small Communities Fund (SCF)
The Federal SCF assists communities with populations under 100,000 to complete infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Under the SCF, Alberta will be allocated $94 million by the Federal Government and the Province will match the federal contribution giving municipalities a total of $188 million over 10 years.
Eligible applicants include Alberta municipalities, improvement districts, Metis Settlements, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows. The SCF project selection process is competitive; applications are evaluated against established criteria and projects with the highest scores are recommended for funding approval. The application deadline was April 2, 2015 and the list of approved projects can be found by clicking the link to the program, above. The approved projects list is in the right-hand column.
Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP)
The GreenTRIP is a competitive, application-based program supporting public transit capital infrastructure projects that mutually support government and regional or municipal priorities.
Project-specific capital funding under the program is available to successful proponents, which may include: municipalities, regional entities and other groups partnering for eligible public transit initiatives. Eligible initiatives include the development and construction of local, regional and inter-municipal capital public transit projects.
Funds are allocated on a project-specific basis and the GreenTRIP program does have a cost-sharing requirement.
The GreenTRIP Program is administered by Alberta Transportation. Project submission forms and additional information can be accessed from the Alberta Transportation website. The deadline for third call for submission is August 31, 2016.
More information about GreenTRIP can be found on the website.
Budget 2016-17: $125 million
Municipal Sustainability Initiative – Capital
Since the program was announced in 2007, municipalities have been allocated almost $7.6 billion in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital funding to meet the demands of growth, address local infrastructure needs, and enhance municipal sustainability. The Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) was consolidated with the MSI capital program in 2014 resulting in increased program flexibility.
All municipalities in Alberta i.e., city, town, village, specialized municipality, municipal district, improvement district, special area, Metis Settlement, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society, are eligible to receive MSI Capital funding based on their long-term funding agreement.
Eligible project costs directly result in, relate to, or support, the acquisition, construction, development, betterment, rehabilitation or non-routine maintenance of capital assets in a variety of project categories. General types of capital projects include municipal roads, bridges, public transit, water and wastewater systems, emergency services facilities and equipment, solid waste management facilities and equipment, and other municipal buildings and facilities such as recreation and sports facilities, libraries, public works buildings, and cultural/community centres.
MSI funds may be combined with, or used to fund the municipal contribution required under other provincial-municipal or federal-municipal grant programs, unless doing do is prohibited by that program.
Under the 2016-17 provincial budget, $1.21 billion in MSI funding is being provided. The MSI capital budget is $1.18 billion (which includes $340.7 million under the former BMTG component) and $30 million under the MSI operating component.
Budget 2016-17: $1.18 billion including BMTG funds of $340.7 million
Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP)
This program provides support for municipal capital transportation infrastructure projects. Project-specific capital grant funding is provided for strategic or major municipal transportation projects, based on highest project ranking.
Examples of eligible capital projects include: the development and construction of major local and regional roads, construction/reconstruction of local rural road bridges and culvert structures, key roadway links and bridges that are adversely impacted by resource or industry related truck traffic, as well as rehabilitation of the airside portion of community airports. The Minister of Transportation approves individual projects.
Since Budget 2013, no new funding has been allocated to the STIP but the Ministry is committed to honoring existing approvals. New applications are not being solicited/accepted at this time; however, Budget 2015 restores funding to the program starting in 2017. A total of $100 million in new funding for STIP is expected to be available in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Prior to 2017, consultations with municipalities/AAMDC will be held to determine an appropriate funding formula for the Local Road Bridge Component and other municipal priorities so that the Ministry is in a position to gather funding requests and move through the approval process in a timely manner.
More information about the STIP can be found on the website.
Budget 2016-17: unfunded