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Who can apply?

Eligible Recipients

Eligible Recipients are:

  • Municipal, local, and regional governments
  • Provincial and territorial governments (conditional on status of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program allocations; see the Applicant Guide for more details)
  • Public sector bodies, such as:
    • Municipally-owned corporations
    • Provincial or territorial organizations that deliver municipal services
    • Any other form of local governance that exists outside of municipality descriptions
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Eligible Indigenous Recipients include:

  • 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 centres and First Nations living off reserve
  • Indigenous development corporations

Applications involving multiple organizations, or situations where an organization wishes to apply on behalf of another, may be eligible. Please see the Applicant Guide for additional details.

Ineligible Recipients

Individuals, private citizens, for-profit entities (with the exception of Indigenous for-profit entities), and federal entities (including federal Crown corporations) are ineligible.

* Note: Discussions are ongoing between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec regarding the implementation of this program in Quebec, in accordance with the Quebec legislative framework.

What types of projects does the Active Transportation Fund support?

Funding is available for planning projects, as well as capital projects. The Active Transportation Fund has allocated a minimum of 10% of the total funding envelope for Indigenous recipients.

Planning Projects

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for successful applicants who wish to undertake planning, design or stakeholder engagement activities. Funding can cover up to 100% of eligible costs. Moreover, 3% of the Active Transportation Fund has been notionally allocated for planning projects.

Capital Projects

Contributions of up to $50 million are available for capital projects that build new or enhance existing active transportation infrastructure, or which provide ancillary features and facilities that promote active transportation or enhance user safety and security. The maximum program contribution rate from the Federal Government is:

Municipal projects in provinces 


Municipal projects in territories


Projects in Indigenous communities


Provincial assets


Note: Not-for-profit organizations applying on behalf of an eligible recipient would be funded at the contribution rate of that eligible recipient.

Note: It should be noted that discussions are ongoing between the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec regarding the implementation of this program in Quebec, in accordance with the Quebec legislative framework.

What projects are not eligible for funding?

Projects that would primarily benefit users of motorized passenger or commercial vehicles, as well as the purchase of non-fixed assets, such as bicycles for bicycle share systems, are ineligible for funding.

How are projects assessed?

Projects that are determined to be eligible will be evaluated against the following merit criteria:

Planning Projects

  • Identified need for the project
  • Project will be integrated into scope of existing planning documents or policies
  • Project viability

Capital Projects

  • Improved community connectivity and accessibility
  • Economic benefits
  • Environmental and climate benefits
  • Improved user mobility, safety and security
  • Project viability

Funding decisions will be merit-based; final project selection will be undertaken with a view to balancing funding support by taking into consideration such factors as regional distribution, the type of project, and equitable access.


Between January 27, 2022 and March 31, 2022, applications will be accepted through the Applicant Portal.

Applications for eligible Indigenous recipients will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be subject to continuous assessment.