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Infrastructure Canada will be accepting applications for both the planning and capital funding streams of the Active Transportation Fund between January 27, 2022 and March 31, 2022 through the Applicant Portal. Applications for planning and capital projects from eligible Indigenous recipients will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods powered by human activity. Active transportation includes walking, cycling and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes and cross-country skis, and more.

The first-ever Active Transportation Fund will provide $400 million over five years to support a modal shift away from cars and toward active transportation, in support of Canada's National Active Transportation Strategy. The Active Transportation Fund will invest in projects that build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, in addition to supporting active transportation planning and stakeholder engagement activities.

Active transportation provides tangible benefits to communities, shortening commute times for families, creating good middle-class jobs, growing the economy, promoting healthier lifestyles, cutting air and noise pollution, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

More specifically, the Active Transportation Fund seeks to:

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Improve community connections and promote social equity amongst vulnerable Canadians

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Make travel by active transportation easier, more convenient and enjoyable, and enhance user safety and security

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Encourage people to choose active transportation over personal vehicles (including supporting walking and cycling to access transit)

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Contribute to long-term, sustainable, inclusive economic growth, while setting the foundation for achieving a more inclusive Canada and net-zero climate emissions by 2050

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Support the Canadian economy through a reduction in congestion, the creation of jobs and enhanced access via active transportation modes to businesses