Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience

Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience


New funding for ventilation improvement projects is now available through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

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The Government of Canada is adapting the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. The Program, delivered through bilateral agreements with provinces and territories, is being adjusted to add some flexibilities, expand project eligibility and accelerate approvals.

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: COVID-19 Resilience stream

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A new temporary COVID-19 Resilience stream, with over $3 billion available in existing funding, has been created to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term projects that might not otherwise be eligible under the existing funding streams.

  • The flexibility to transfer up to 10 percent of original stream allocations to the new COVID-19 Resilience stream to help mobilize their remaining funds under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • An accelerated approvals process that will enable provinces and territories to submit multiple projects at a time, with a single simplified application that streamlines program requirements and reduces upfront administrative burdens, to ensure that communities can start work on their projects as soon as possible.

Project size and cost sharing

The maximum size of projects under the stream is set at $10M total eligible costs. For projects under the COVID-19 Resilience stream, the maximum federal contribution from all sources will be:

  • Up to 80% for provinces,  municipalities and not-for-profit organizations in the provinces
  • Up to 100% for territories, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations in the territories
  • Up to 100% for Indigenous ultimate recipients in provinces and territories
  • Up to 25% for for-profit private sector ultimate recipients

Eligible infrastructure projects

The new stream will support the following types of projects:

  • Retrofits, repairs and upgrades for municipal, territorial, provincial and Indigenous buildings, health infrastructure and schools;
  • COVID-19 response infrastructure, including measures to support physical distancing;
  • Active transportation infrastructure, including parks, trails, foot bridges, bike lanes and multi-use paths; and
  • Disaster mitigation and adaptation projects, including natural infrastructure, flood and fire mitigation, and tree planting and related infrastructure.
  • NEW Ventilation improvements projects.

The stream supports near-term, quick- start projects and  projects must respect the following timeframes:

  • Construction must start no later than September 30, 2023; and,
  • Projects must be completed by the end of 2023, or by the end of 2024 in the territories and in remote communities.

New funding for ventilation improvement projects

New funding of $120 million will be added to the provincial and territorial agreements of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to support ventilation improvement projects in public buildings.

This new money will support provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments and Indigenous organizations to fund projects whose primary purpose is to increase outdoor air intake and/or increase air cleaning in order to help reduce the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. Projects could include repair or replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, increasing maintenance of existing systems to ensure optimized operation, or other interventions that bring in more outdoor air, or result in cleaner air, such as the installation of operable windows, or portable air filtration units. Eligible projects will improve ventilation in public infrastructure assets that:

  • Serve populations that are more susceptible to poor outcomes if they contract COVID-19 (e.g. long term care homes, friendship centers, shelters)
  • With high occupancies (e.g. schools, congregate living housing)
  • Where activities take place that are at higher risk of infectious aerosol particle generation (e.g. recreation or sports centers)
  • Remain open through lockdown, or are the last to close when restrictions are increased, in order to continue to provide services (e.g. Libraries, buildings used as emergency shelters)
  • Have been identified by public health authorities as higher risk for outbreaks based on local conditions

The following program requirements will apply to this funding:

  • Project size and cost-sharing requirements will follow the COVID-19 Resilience stream, as described above.
  • Projects must be completed by March 31st, 2023
  • Project costs for ventilation improvement projects are retroactively eligibility for funding and will apply to any eligible expenditures incurred after December 1, 2020. This is a time-limited parameter that applies to projects approved by March 31, 2022.

For more information about the role of ventilation improvements in reducing the risk of transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, please consult the Public Health Agency of Canada's COVID-19: Guidance on indoor ventilation during the pandemic.

Other flexibilities in response to COVID-19

In addition to the COVID-19 Resilience stream, other flexibilities have been introduced under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help accelerate the launch of new projects, including:

  • The addition of more eligible project categories to the existing program streams so that provinces, territories and municipalities can continue to invest in the infrastructure that is most important to them. In order to be eligible for funding, these projects must begin construction by September 30th, 2023.
  • The streamlining of some administrative requirements to support more timely reviews and approvals.

How to apply

Projects submitted for approval under the COVID-19 Resilience stream are first prioritized by the province or territory and then submitted to Infrastructure Canada.

How to apply

How to apply

How to apply

How to apply

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  1. Applicants submit their projects to the province or territory*
  2. Province or territory prioritizes projects and submits to Infrastructure Canada
  3. Infrastructure Canada reviews, validates eligibility and funding and seeks ministerial approval
  4. Projects begin and funding flows when costs are incurred**

*Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the existing provincial and territorial ministries that deliver on the other Investing in Canada Program streams on prioritization of projects.

**Funds are delivered to provinces and territories through their bilateral agreements with Infrastructure Canada, which must be amended before project lists can be submitted.