Other Programs

Economic Action Plan buttonThe following programs are no longer accepting applications and are scheduled to wind down over the next few years.

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund

Announced in January 2009 as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund supported over 4,000 projects as a short-term boost to the Canadian economy during a period of global recession.

Through this fund, Infrastructure Canada focused on improving, renewing and rehabilitating existing infrastructure and on new infrastructure projects that could be completed by March 31, 2011. Investment categories included:

  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Transit
  • Roads
  • Culture
  • Parks and trails
  • Community services

By providing up to 50 per cent in federal funding for projects, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund was able to leverage funding from other partners. These included provinces, territories, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations, resulting in a greater boost for the Canadian economy.

To help provide sufficient time for some projects to be completed, the Government of Canada extended the deadline for completion of Infrastructure Stimulus Fund projects by one full construction season, to October 31, 2011. (2009-2010 to 2011-2012)

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund provided approximately $1.2 billion in funding for smaller-scale municipal infrastructure projects such as water and wastewater treatment, and cultural and recreation projects, mainly for smaller and First Nations communities. Each province and territory received a base allocation of $15 million to address pressing public infrastructure needs, with the remaining funds allocated on a per capita basis.

Under the 2010 Strategic Review process, $23 million in unallocated funds from the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is being removed from departmental reference levels and made available for other Government of Canada priorities. No projects have been cancelled or otherwise affected as a result of this reallocation. (2004-2005 to 2013-2014)

Border Infrastructure Fund

The Border Infrastructure Fund provided $600 million in funding for infrastructure projects that help sustain and increase the long-term efficiency of the Canada-U.S. border. The focus was on projects at or near the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossings. The Government of Canada contributed up to a maximum of 50 per cent of total eligible costs.

Of the $600 million originally allocated to the Border Infrastructure Fund, approximately $18 million has been transferred to Canada Border Services Agency for border projects. In addition, $10.4 million in unallocated funds is being removed from departmental reference levels, as per the 2010 Strategic Review process, and made available for other Government of Canada priorities. No projects have been cancelled or otherwise affected as result of this reallocation. (2003-2004 to 2013-2014)

See the list of Border Infrastructure Fund projects.

Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund

The Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund provided $4.3 billion for large-scale infrastructure projects in support of sustaining the economic growth and enhancing the quality of life for Canadians. Investment categories included:

  • Highways and railways
  • Local transportation
  • Tourism and urban development
  • Water and sewage
  • Broadband (telecommunications connectivity)

The Government of Canada contributed up to a maximum of 50 per cent of total eligible costs. Projects were typically chosen according to regional and national infrastructure priorities, in consultation with provinces and territories.

Of the $4.3 billion originally allocated to the CSIF, approximately $50 million has been transferred to Parks Canada to support a high priority infrastructure project. (2003-2004 to 2012-2013)

See the list of Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund projects.

G8 Legacy Fund

The G8 Legacy Fund provided up to $50 million in funding for infrastructure that supported the hosting of the G8 Summit in June 2010 in Huntsville, Ontario. The Fund helped the region to prepare for the event, provided a legacy, and enhanced the tourism image of the region. (2009-2010 to 2010-2011)

See the G8 Projects at a Glance.

See the G8 Legacy Fund Project Spotlights.

Infrastructure Canada Program

The Infrastructure Canada Program provided $2.05 billion in funding for urban and rural municipal infrastructure projects that protect the environment and support long-term community and economic growth. Local governments identified proposed projects for funding according to their priorities. To help meet local needs, funding was allocated to each province and territory based on each jurisdiction's population and unemployment rate. In most cases, the Government of Canada provided up to one-third of the cost of each municipal infrastructure project. (2000-2001 to 2010-2011)

National Recreational Trails

The National Trails Coalition received $25 million in funding to improve recreational trails across Canada. The federal government's contribution was matched by the Coalition and its partners and helped build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain-vehicle and snowmobiles. (2009-2010)

Public Transit Fund

The Public Transit Fund delivered investments of $400 million in public transit infrastructure in large cities and small communities. This funding contributed to a cleaner environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing traffic congestion. Funding was allocated to provinces and territories on a per capita basis. (2005-2006)