Programs Supporting the Development and Maintenance of Core Municipal Infrastructure
Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Program – 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 Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) is a cost-sharing 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.
Budget allocation for 2014/15: $75.0 million.
Basic Municipal Transportation Grant
This program provides annual, allocation-based support to Alberta municipalities for their capital transportation infrastructure requirements.
Provincial capital grant funding is provided annually to municipalities for their eligible priority transportation infrastructure needs. The Minister approves the annual allocations and municipalities must submit a list of proposed work (Application for Program Acceptance - APA) for the coming years. APAs must be completed through the Transportation Department’s on-line system: Municipal Grants Management Application (MGMA).
Examples of 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 including LRT lines and stations, bus terminals, transit passenger vehicles (buses, LRT), etc.
Effective April 1, 2014, this program has been consolidated with the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital Program, administered by Municipal Affairs. The 2014 MSI Capital Guidelines can be found at http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/municipalgrants-description.cfm?program_id=38. Applications proposing to use BMTG funding allocated in 2013 and previous years should continue to be submitted to Transportation.
Federal Gas Tax Fund
The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) was confirmed as part of the federal Budget 2014, and will run from 2014 to 2024. Under the GTF, Alberta will receive $208.65 million in 2014/15, and $1.08 billion in funding from 2014/15 to 2018/19. 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.
For more information, please visit the program website, or call a Municipal Affairs grant advisor at 780-427-2225, toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000.
GreenTRIP (Green Transit Incentives Program)
This application-based program supports eligible public transit capital infrastructure projects that mutually support Government and regional or municipal priorities.
Project-specific capital funding under the program will be available to successful proponents, which may include municipalities, regional entities and other partnering groups, 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.
Budget allocation for 2014/15: $246.9 million.
Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) – Capital
Since the program was announced in 2007, municipalities have been allocated a total of $6.0 billion in MSI capital funding to meet the demands of growth, address local infrastructure needs, and enhance municipal sustainability. The Basic Municipal Transportation Grant was consolidated with the MSI capital program in 2014 resulting in increased program flexibility.
All municipalities in Alberta (i.e., city, town, village, summer village, specialized municipality, municipal district, improvement district, special area), Métis Settlements, 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 must 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 so is prohibited by that program.
Budget allocation for 2014/15: $1.21 billion ($871 million in MSI capital funding and $343 million in capital funding previously provided under the BMTG).
Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program
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 community airports.
The Minister of Transportation approves individual projects. With the announcement of Budget 2013, originally no funding was allocated to the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program; however, the department is committed to honoring existing approvals.
Budget allocation for 2014/15: Unfunded, new applications are not being solicited/accepted at this time.