New Program Targets Renewal of Community Facilities

The federal government has issued a call for applications to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The new fund, managed by Western Diversification, will deliver $46.2 million over two years to communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba for the rehabilitation of existing community facilities. Eligible recipients include local governments and First Nations. The closing date for applications is June 17th, 1:00 pm PST.

Eligible recipients can apply for funding under this program up to a maximum of $500,000. Strong preference will be given to projects that are undertaking meaningful upgrades to existing cultural and community facilities; upgrades that will provide long-term benefits to a community, will be viewed with pride by a community, and are recognized as a lasting legacy from Canada 150. Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported include:

  • Community centres (including legions);
  • Cultural centres and museums;
  • Parks, recreational trails such as fitness trails, bike paths and other types of trails;
  • Libraries;
  • Recreational facilities including local arenas, gymnasia, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts or other types of recreational facilities;
  • Tourism facilities;
  • Docks;
  • Cenotaphs; and
  • Other existing community infrastructure for public benefit.

The Government of Canada has made a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Guide available on its website.

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