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Small Communities Fund

What is it?

The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) provides support for projects of national, local or regional significance. This includes the Small Communities Fund (PTICSCF) that will provide $1 billion for projects in municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents.

Why is it important?

Smaller communities will be able to build projects that deliver on local needs. Through the Small Communities Fund, our Government continues to provide dedicated funding for small communities, building on the successful practices established under the 2007 Building Canada Fund and the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. In addition, communities can use the Gas Tax Fund towards a wider range of projects, including highways, disaster mitigation, broadband, brownfield redevelopment, recreation, culture, tourism and sport.

How does it work?

To ensure that small communities receive funding opportunities, ten per cent (10 %) of the PTIC allocation of each province and territory will be set aside for the PTICSCF.

Infrastructure Canada will enter into funding agreements with the provinces and territories who will be responsible for identifying and proposing projects for consideration.

Projects funded through the PTICSCF must meet the following program objectives:

  • Economic growth;
  • A clean environment; and
  • Stronger communities.

Eligible recipients under the PTICSCF:

Eligible recipients are restricted to those whose projects are situated within or are for the benefit of, communities with a population of fewer than one hundred thousand people (100,000) as determined by Statistics Canada — Final 2011 Census.

The following are eligible recipients for the purposes of the PTICSCF:

  1. A municipal or regional government established by or under provincial or territorial statute;
  2. A provincial or territorial entity (e.g., a department, corporation or agency) that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined in provincial or territorial statute;
  3. A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act; or a government or authority established pursuant to a Self Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and an Aboriginal people of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation;
  4. A public sector body that is established by or under provincial or territorial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a province, territory, municipal or regional government which provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities; and
  5. A private sector body, including for-profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations, whose application is supported by a municipal or regional government referred to above. Such support could take the form of a resolution from the municipal or regional government council.

Eligible Categories under the PTICSCF:

  • Public transit
  • Drinking water
  • Wastewater
  • Solid waste management
  • Green energy
  • Innovation
  • Connectivity and broadband
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Disaster mitigation infrastructure
  • Local and regional airports
  • Short-line rail
  • Short-sea shipping
  • Highways and major roads
  • Northern infrastructure (applies to Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories only)

Federal Cost-Sharing and Stacking

In the provinces, most projects will be federally cost-shared on a one-third basis. In the case of provincially-owned highways and major roads, as well as public transit projects, the maximum federal contribution to any single project will be 50 per cent. The maximum contribution is 25 per cent for projects with for-profit private sector proponents.

For projects located in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, the federal government will fund up to 75 per cent of total eligible costs. For projects with a for-profit private sector proponent, however, the cap would be 25 per cent. More information on cost-sharing and stacking.

How to apply?

Canada will enter into Funding Agreements (FA) with each province and territory for the implementation of the PTICSCF. In turn, provinces and territories will manage the project identification process in keeping with PTICSCF program parameters

If you are an eligible recipient and would like to have your project considered for funding under the PTIC, you are encouraged to contact your respective provincial or territorial ministry responsible for infrastructure as outlined below.

Contact Information

  • British Columbia
    • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Alberta
    • Alberta Infrastructure
  • Saskatchewan
    • Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure
  • Manitoba
    • Manitoba Municipal Government
  • Ontario
    • Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Quebec
    • Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor-Sous-secrétariat aux infrastructures publiques
  • New Brunswick
    • Regional Development Corporation
  • Nova Scotia
    • Finance and Treasury Board
  • Prince Edward Island
    • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Department of Transportation and Works
  • Yukon
    • Department of Community Services
  • Northwest Territories
    • Department of Municipal and Community Affairs
  • Nunavut
    • Community and Government Services

Infrastructure Canada contact information

General questions and comments on the PTIC program can be addressed to Infrastructure Canada:

Email: info@infc.gc.ca
Telephone Infrastructure Canada: 613-948-1148
Toll Free Number: 1-877-250-7154
Mailing Address:
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, ON  K1P 0B6

Building Canada Fund Website: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html

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