2014: The 2014 New Building Canada Fund:
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component
Small Communities Fund

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What is it?

The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) provides support for projects of national, local or regional significance. This includes the Small Communities Fund (PTICSCF) to provide $1 billion for projects in municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents.

Why is it important?

Smaller communities will be able to build projects that deliver on local needs. Through the Small Communities Fund, the Government of Canada continues to provide dedicated funding for small communities. In addition, communities can use the Gas Tax Fund towards funding their infrastructure priorities.

How does it work?

To ensure that small communities receive funding opportunities, ten per cent (10%) of the PTIC allocation of each province, and a minimum of ten per cent (10%) of the PTIC allocation of each territory, will be set aside for the PTICSCF.

Infrastructure Canada will enter into funding agreements with the provinces and territories who will be responsible for identifying and proposing projects for consideration.

Projects funded through the PTICSCF must meet the following program objectives:

  • Economic growth;
  • A clean environment; and
  • Stronger communities.

Eligible recipients under the PTICSCF:

Eligible recipients are restricted to those whose projects are situated within or are for the benefit of, communities with a population of fewer than one hundred thousand people (100,000) as determined by Statistics Canada — Final 2011 Census.

The following are eligible recipients for the purposes of the PTICSCF:

  1. A municipal or regional government established by or under provincial or territorial statute;

  2. A provincial or territorial entity (e.g., a department, corporation or agency) that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined in provincial or territorial statute;

  3. A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act; or a government or authority established pursuant to a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and an Aboriginal people of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation;

  4. A public sector body that is established by or under provincial or territorial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a province, territory, municipal or regional government which provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities; and

  5. A private sector body, including for-profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations, whose application is supported by a municipal or regional government referred to above. Such support could take the form of a resolution from the municipal or regional government council.

A proposal for an on-reserve* project must demonstrate project benefits extending beyond the reserve community (this applies to the provinces, not the territories).

[*]On-reserve means on-reserve lands, or on any Crown lands or lands set aside by the Crown that are designated to become reserve lands.

Eligible Categories under the PTICSCF:

  • Highways and roads
  • Public transit infrastructure
  • Disaster mitigation infrastructure
  • Connectivity and broadband
  • Innovation
  • Wastewater
  • Green energy
  • Drinking water
  • Solid waste management
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Local and regional airports
  • Short-line rail infrastructure
  • Short-sea shipping
  • Northern infrastructure (applies to Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories only)
  • Passenger ferries services infrastructure
  • Culture
  • Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Civic assets and municipal buildings

More information on Sub-Category and expected outcomes and benefits.

Federal Cost-Sharing and Stacking

In the provinces, most projects will be federally cost-shared on a one-third basis. In the case of provincially-owned highways and major roads, as well as public transit projects, the maximum federal contribution to any single project will be up to 50 per cent. The maximum contribution is up to 25 per cent for projects with for-profit private sector proponents.

For projects located in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, the federal government will fund up to 75 per cent of total eligible costs. For projects with a for-profit private sector proponent, however, the cap would be up to 25 per cent. More information on cost-sharing and stacking.

How to apply?

Canada will enter into Funding Agreements (FA) with each province and territory for the implementation of the PTICSCF. In turn, provinces and territories will manage the project identification process in keeping with PTICSCF program parameters.

All proposed projects must provide basic information that includes the name of the municipality, title of the project, the eligible category and subcategory, a brief description of the project, financial information, project location as well as planned start and end dates.

If you are an eligible recipient and would like to have your project considered for funding under the PTIC, and to determine the process for submitting project proposals and deadlines, you are encouraged to contact your respective provincial or territorial ministry responsible for infrastructure as outlined below. You can also learn more about how the Small Communities Fund works by reading the Program Overview.

Service Standards

See Infrastructure Canada's service standards for the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund.

Contact Information

  • British Columbia
    • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Alberta
    • Ministry of Municipal Affairs
  • Saskatchewan
    • Ministry of Government Relations
  • Manitoba
    • Manitoba Municipal Government
  • Ontario
    • Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
  • Quebec
    • Affaires municipales et Occupation du territoire
  • New Brunswick
    • Department of Environment and Local Government
  • Nova Scotia
    • Finance and Treasury Board
  • Prince Edward Island
    • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Department of Transportation and Works
  • Yukon
    • Department of Community Services
  • Northwest Territories
    • Department of Municipal and Community Affairs
  • Nunavut
    • Community and Government Services

Infrastructure Canada contact information

General questions and comments on the PTIC program can be addressed to Infrastructure Canada:

Email: info@infc.gc.ca
Telephone Infrastructure Canada: 613-948-1148
Toll Free Number: 1-877-250-7154
Mailing Address:
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, ON  K1P 0B6

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