Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program –
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program?
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), delivered by regional development agencies across the country, was part of the federal government's approach to celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
The $300-million national program supported the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community and cultural infrastructure, including projects that support the Government's priorities to ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples and promote a clean growth economy.
The program ended on March 31, 2018.
2. How was funding allocated across the country?
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was a $300-million national program delivered by regional development agencies across Canada.
A total of up to $88.8 million was delivered by FedDev Ontario for CIP 150 in southern Ontario.
3. How many projects were funded in total in southern Ontario?
Over 750 projects were approved under the program, with total funding of up to $88.8 million in southern Ontario.
4. Is this a permanent program?
No. This short-term program was a component of the Government of Canada's longer-term infrastructure plan intended to better meet the needs of Canadians and better position Canada's economy for the future.
5. How did the program benefit southern Ontario communities?
In 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation was a time to celebrate the places across this great country that unite and connect us – the parks, the trails, the cultural and community centres. This infrastructure program supported projects that improved and will preserve these treasured cultural and community locations across the country allowing Canadians and their families to enjoy moments of sport, recreation, leisure and healthy communities for years to come.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program supported projects that celebrated our shared heritage and improved the quality of life of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
6. How were projects selected for funding?
All project applications were reviewed and assessed against the eligibility requirements and selection criteria as outlined in the program guidelines. These included:
- Project readiness;
- Project scope;
- Extent to which other funding was leveraged;
- Extent to which project supports a clean growth economy; and
- Link to Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation.
7. When did projects begin and when did projects need to be completed?
As per the CIP 150 program guidelines, project costs incurred as of April 1, 2016, were eligible for financial assistance.
Projects were to be completed and project costs incurred by March 31, 2018.
8. Why did some applicants not get funding, even if they met eligibility criteria and priority areas?
The demand was far greater than the total funding available for the program. Therefore, not all projects could be selected for funding.
9. How did the Government of Canada flow funding to recipients?
Only eligible project costs incurred between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2018, were reimbursed. All other costs were solely the responsibility of the recipient.
Once a fully signed contribution agreement was executed, in order to be reimbursed for project expenses, the approved recipient must have first paid the cost of the service or goods, then submitted a claim, including supporting documentation certifying that the cost has been incurred and paid for by the recipient. FedDev Ontario then reimbursed eligible costs on the percentage basis specified in the contribution agreement.
Contributions were subject to performance conditions specified in the contribution agreement and funding recipients were required to report to FedDev Ontario on results achieved.
Please visit the claims page for further information.
10. How does the Government of Canada ensure appropriate accountability for the use of public funds?
Approved projects are monitored by FedDev Ontario and recipients are required to report on project activities and outcomes as per the terms and conditions of signed contribution agreements.
11. What else is the Government of Canada doing to support infrastructure?
CIP 150 is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.
In Budgets 2016 and 2017, the Government of Canada laid out its plan to invest more than $180 billion in infrastructure over 12 years. In 2018, this plan is underway and is supporting new infrastructure projects and economic activity across Canada. To date, over 7,800 projects, with combined investments of over $32 billion, have been approved for communities across the country.
For more information, please visit Infrastructure Canada.
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