Rural Transit Solutions Fund: How to apply

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Who can apply?

In order to apply for funding under the Rural Transit Solutions Fund you must ensure that you are listed as an eligible recipient as per the list below. For detailed information on the Rural Transit Solutions Fund, including applicant and project eligibility requirements, please refer to the Capital stream or Planning and Design stream applicant guides.

  • Municipalities, local and regional governments established under provincial or territorial statute, including local service districts;
  • Provinces and territories (only for capital projects);
  • Public sector bodies that are established by or under provincial or territorial statute, or by regulation, or are wholly-owned by a province, territory, municipal or regional government;
  • Indigenous governing bodies;
  • Federally or provincially incorporated not-for-profit organizations whose mandate is to improve Indigenous outcomes, organizations serving Indigenous communities living in urban centers and First Nations living off-reserve;
  • Indigenous development corporations; and,
  • Federally or provincially incorporated not-for-profit organizations.*

*Not-for-profit organizations are eligible to receive funding when an application is submitted on behalf of any primary eligible recipients listed above. They must have documented support from these primary eligible recipients (e.g., a letter of support or a council resolution etc.).

The following are not eligible to apply to the Rural Transit Solutions Fund: 

  • Individuals/private citizens; 
  • For profit/private sector organizations; and,
  • Federal entities, including federal Crown corporations.

How to apply

During intake periods, applications will be accepted through the Applicant Portal. Applicants should consult the Applicant Guides below for further information on eligibility and for clear instructions on how to submit an application.

All eligible applicants are invited to apply to the Rural Transit Solutions Fund by creating an Applicant Account on the Infrastructure Canada Applicant Portal. After registration, applicants will be able to access the application for the Capital Projects stream and submit  through the Portal.

Given that intake for the Planning and Design Project stream is currently closed, the application form for this stream is not available at this time.

If applicants are unable to apply through the Infrastructure Canada Applicant Portal or encounter other technical difficulties, they may reach out to the CRM support team by email at