Applications Invited to Federal Gas Tax Fund

An intake for the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) is now open. The SPF is an application-based program that provides funding for strategic investments in capital infrastructure and capacity-building projects.  All local governments outside of Greater Vancouver Regional District are eligible to apply.  The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015.

The SPF directs funding to projects that are large in scale, regional in impact, or innovative, and align with the Federal Gas Tax Fund national objectives of productivity and economic growth, a clean environment and strong cities and communities.

Project categories for the SPF program have been expanded from prior Gas Tax program intakes, providing local governments with more flexibility to support their community’s infrastructure priorities. Eligible categories include: public transit; local roads and bridges; community energy systems; drinking water; wastewater; solid waste; disaster mitigation; recreational infrastructure; cultural infrastructure; tourism infrastructure; sport infrastructure; local and regional airports; short-line rail; short-sea shipping; broadband connectivity; highways; brownfield redevelopment; and capacity building.

Over the first five years of the Gas Tax Fund, approximately $145 million is available in the SPF pool. It is anticipated that there will be a minimum of two intakes over the first five years.

For more the SPF program guide and application link, please visit the UBCM website, or contact Rebecca, Williams, Program Assistant, Gas Tax Program Services by email or phone: (250) 356-5134.

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