National Recreational Trails Program

What is it?

The Government of Canada is partnering with the National Trails Coalition (NTC) and providing $10 million to expand and improve multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling throughout Canada.

This funding was announced in Budget 2014 and is in addition to the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan. It is also in addition to the $25 million in matching funds that are available for charitable contributions received by the Trans Canada Trail Foundation to connect all sections of the Trans Canada Trail system by 2017.

Why is it important?

Canada has a vast network of recreational trails that allow Canadians to experience the outdoors and appreciate this country's natural beauty. This funding will help build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.

How does it work?

Local trail organizations across Canada are invited to submit project proposals directly to the NTC between July 1, 2014 and August 15, 2014. The NTC is responsible for selecting and approving projects. Between 150 and 200 projects are expected to be supported across Canada.

Visit the National Trails Coalition website for more information.

Service Standards

See Infrastructure Canada's service standards for the National Recreational Trail Program.

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