Program Details

DMAF is a national, competitive, contribution program aimed at increasing community resilience to natural hazards and extreme weather events.

Eligible Projects, Investments and Expenditures

Eligible projects under DMAF include:

  • New construction of public infrastructure including natural infrastructure; and
  • Modification and/or reinforcement including rehabilitation and expansion of existing public infrastructure including natural infrastructure.

Eligible investments aim to reduce the socio-economic, environmental and cultural impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather events when considering current and potential future climate change impacts.

Projects must meet at least one of the national significance criteria, including reducing impacts on:

  • critical infrastructure and essential services;
  • health and safety of Canadians;
  • significant disruptions in economic activity;
  • costs of recovery and replacement;
  • vulnerable regions.

Projects must have a minimum of $20 million in eligible expenditures.

Eligible expenditures may include design and planning, capital cost, as well as costs related to meeting specific program requirements. Land acquisition is only eligible for natural infrastructure projects and under some conditions.

  • Project bundling is allowed for projects including multiple assets that work in a complementary manner to reduce the risk within the same time period.
  • Projects must be completed by 2027-28.

Note: Expenditures related to all emergency services infrastructure, relocation of entire communities, land acquisition as a sole project component, are not eligible under DMAF.

Note: Expenditures incurred before project approval are not eligible under DMAF with the exception of the Climate Lens assessment.

Note: Other ineligible expenses are provided here.

Cost Sharing Limits

Eligible recipients and federal cost sharing are provided in the table below. Applicants should refer to the Applicants' Guide (5.98 MB) for more information.

Eligible Recipient Cost Sharing
  • Provinces
Up to 50%
  • Territories*
  • Indigenous recipients**
Up to 75%
  • Municipalities and regional governments
  • Public sector bodies
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Not-for-profits organizations
Up to 40%
  • For-profit organizations (conditions apply)
Up to 25%

*Note: This cost-sharing applies to all eligible recipients in the territories
**Note: Indigenous recipients can access additional funding from any applicable federal source to a maximum federal contribution of 100% from all sources.
Note: Federal entities, including federal Crown corporations, are not eligible for funding.
Note: Communities in Quebec will submit their projects directly to Infrastructure Canada, but as is the current practice in existing Infrastructure Canada programs, agreements will be signed with the Province of Quebec for projects administered by entities governed by the Loi sur le ministère du Conseil Exécutif, Chapitre M-30. The Province of Quebec will be responsible for the flow of funds to the recipients, who are responsible for project implementation.

Project Assessment

All eligible projects will be evaluated against the following merit criteria:

Criteria Purpose
  1. Provinces
To evaluate the risk of the hazard
  1. Strengthen Resilience
To evaluate the degree of risk reduction
  1. Return on Investment
To assess the long-term financial benefit
  1. Project Rationale

To evaluate the project selection rationale to mitigate or adapt to the hazard risks

  1. Innovation

To evaluate the use of innovative solutions to better manage hazard risks

  1. Risk Transfer Management

To evaluate risk transfer measures to protect the neighbouring areas / communities

  1. Strategic Alignment

To evaluate the project alignment with strategic adaptation and mitigation planning

  1. Public Engagement

To evaluate the level of engagement during project planning and design

  1. Project Risks

To evaluate the capacity to successfully manage and deliver the project

  1. Project Benefits

To assess the project's additional benefits to the community

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