About the program

Created to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market by:

  • Awarding contracts to entrepreneurs with pre-commercial innovations through an open, transparent, competitive and fair procurement process.
  • Testing and providing feedback to these entrepreneurs on the performance of their goods or services.
  • Providing innovators with the opportunity to enter the marketplace with a successful application of their new goods and services.
  • Providing information on how to do business with the Government of Canada.

The BCIP targets innovations in the following priority areas:

Standard Component

Military Component

The program includes a series of Calls for Proposals, which includes a full description of the Priority Areas of each component and specific criteria for selection. The government also organizes and/or participates in regional events and trade shows so that Canadian businesses can showcase their innovative concepts to federal representatives.

The BCIP is managed by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), and implemented by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME)OSME advocates on behalf of small and medium enterprises in federal procurement.

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:

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

The Government of Canada has announced it will start accepting applications for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program as of December 2nd, 2013.

For many years, Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) has been helping employers such as yourself create much-needed summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening local economies and communities across Canada.

Funding opportunities are available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees under the CSJ program. Applicants must create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

If you have hired a student in the past, you know how helpful it can be for your organization to have summer help. If you have not hired a student before, I encourage you to consider applying for CSJ funding to hire a student for next summer.

The application period begins on December 2nd, 2013 and will remain open until January 10th, 2014. These new timelines mean that successful employers will be notified sooner and have more time to recruit students.

For more information on the CSJ Program, or for information on how to apply please, visit the Canada Summer Jobs website.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.

From installing automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the Enabling Accessibility Fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy.

Since its creation in 2007, the program has funded over 1 000 projects across the country and has improved accessibility for thousands of Canadians. For information on past projects, browse the approved funding projects.

The program includes the following streams:

The Government of Canada is seeking applications for projects that will help Canadian seniors use their leadership abilities, skills and experience to continue to make a difference in their communities through the New

Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). NHSP community-based projects help empower seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support communities by increasing their capacity to address local issues.

The call for proposals will close on Friday, July 4, 2014.


The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to indicate their interest in being part of pilot projects that address seniors’ isolation through building social support networks and resources as well as community interventions, and/or projects that address intergenerational learning.

Eligible Projects

For the purpose of this Call for Proposals (CFP), funding will be provided to successful applicants* to undertake projects with major activities that address an identified need focusing on one of the following project streams:

  • Expanding on the continuum of integrated services for seniors experiencing, and at risk of, social isolation.
  • Supporting social participation through intergenerational learning. These projects could, for example, encourage seniors mentoring others.
  • Early warning/identification within the community of those seniors at risk of social isolation, and determining the existing programs and services which could support them.

Priority consideration may be given to projects:

  • that approach hard-to-reach populations, such as, but not limited to Aboriginal seniors, currently isolated seniors, or those at risk of isolation due to factors such as low-income, homelessness, new immigrants, living alone, living with physical or mental disability, and, seniors providing caregiving;
  • that ensure an appropriate regional distribution of funding across Canada; and
  • that ensure an appropriate distribution of funding across the three (3) project streams listed above.

In addition, each of the following requirements must be met in order for projects to be considered eligible for funding:

  • Projects must be seniors led or inspired.
  • Projects must have a maximum duration of 24 months and all activities must be completed and results be achieved within this time period.
  • The total amount of funding requested from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, must be between $50,000 and $100,000 over the life of the agreement.
  • Cash contributions equal to or greater than 50% of the ESDC contribution must be provided through other sources than the federal government.
    • Applicants must provide letters of support from contributing partners with their application, confirming the amount of the cash contribution, the fact that the cash contribution will be provided at the beginning of the project period, and that it will be directly applied to project costs.
  • All applications must include an evaluation plan and a sustainability plan, as per the requirements set out in this document.
  • Projects cannot support on-going or core organizational costs, nor projects that primarily deal with health interventions.

Note to organizations located and operating in QuebecThis CFP was the subject of discussions with the Secrétariat aux aînés du Québec (SA), as provided for under the terms of the Canada-Quebec Protocol.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients include:

  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • For-profit organizations;
  • Municipal governments;
  • Research organizations and institutes;
  • Educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CÉGEPs, school boards/school districts)*;
  • Public health and social services institutions*; and
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
    * Provincially/territorially funded institutions are eligible with the agreement of the provincial/territorial government.

For the purposes of this CFP, applicants must demonstrate the following in order for their project to be considered eligible for funding:

  • Have managed at least $25,000 in federal grant or contribution funding within the past five years and include references to that effect as part of their proposals.
  • Have proven experience of working collaboratively with other community partners.
    • Recipients must submit at least one letter of reference to that effect.
  • Have demonstrated financial and organizational stability (See Additional Documents Required).

Eligible Costs

For the purposes of this CFP, the following costs are eligible for funding (please note that all eligible costs are subject to assessment and negotiation):

  • wages and mandatory employment related costs (MERCS) for project staff;
  • professional fees;
  • evaluation costs (e.g. surveys);
  • hospitality;
  • participant costs (e.g. security checks for volunteers);
  • printing, advertising, distribution and other communication costs;
  • travel costs within Canada;
  • rental, repair, renovation and/or maintenance of facilities;
  • purchase and/or rental of equipment, materials and supplies;
  • shipping costs for equipment, materials or supplies;
  • other costs necessary to support the purpose of the funding as approved by ESDC;
  • capital assets required to complete the project (must not exceed $25,000); and
  • any applicable taxes (that are not subject to rebate through the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). For more information on taxes, please visit the CRA website:

Please note that general operating costs of your organization that are not specifically related to your planned project are not eligible for the purpose of this CFP (e.g. regular telephone and heating costs, rent, utilities, property taxes, insurance, equipment for staff, audit costs, etc.).

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