Apply for funding to support high priority municipal infrastructure projects: Provincial Capital Assistance Program

The Provincial Capital Assistance Program supports investment in high priority municipal infrastructure projects. Municipalities can apply for funding from the Provincial Capital Assistance Program to help reduce the cost of infrastructure projects. You can apply until 29 June 2021.

Apply for funding from the Provincial Capital Assistance Program to support the cost of high priority municipal infrastructure projects.

You need to use the funding for municipally owned infrastructure projects like:

  • water supply
  • sewage disposal
  • solid waste management

Projects that reduce or eliminate actual and potential environmental and health problems in the municipality are given priority. Priority is also given to projects that include collaborating with multiple municipalities or have beneficial impacts for larger populations.

Projects that open up land for new residential, commercial or industrial development are not eligible for funding.

Funding amount

The Provincial Capital Assistance Program may fund up to 50% of eligible project costs for each project. The applicant or other sources need to fund the remaining balance of the project.

Eligible project costs

Eligible project costs include:

  • engineering work, including preliminary engineering studies, cost for preparing design drawings and specifications, and costs of construction inspection and administration
  • costs of construction and equipment according to the plans and specifications
  • costs of acquiring land
  • costs of acquiring property easements where the land remains with the land owner, but the municipality is given the right to use the land

Ineligible project costs include:

  • interim financing costs
  • employment costs
  • equipment and furniture purchases

Reporting requirements

If you receive funding from the Provincial Capital Assistance Program, you need to submit a project closeout report and financial log within 60 days of completing the project. You also need to confirm that you met the project outcomes.

Accessing the funding

The Provincial Capital Assistance Program provides up to 50% of the funding at the start of the project. Municipalities receive the remaining funding when they complete the project and the Department of Municipal Affairs approves your project closeout report.

Eligibility

Only municipalities can apply for funding.

The application needs to demonstrate that the project is a high priority for the municipality. It also needs to indicate if the project will reduce or eliminate serious environmental and health problems within the municipality.

All municipalities involved in the project need to have filed all reporting for any previous projects with the Department of Municipal Affairs.

You need to apply for funding by 29 June 2021. Only money spent on project costs after the date your project is approved is eligible for funding.

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program criteria in the Provincial Capital Assistance Program Guidelines.
  2. Contact the Provincial Capital Assistance Program to discuss your project idea.
  3. Apply online for the funding.
  4. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  5. Submit your completed application and supporting documents.
  6. Department of Municipal Affairs reviews your application after the submission deadline (this can take 6 to 8 weeks).
  7. Check your application status in the Grants Management System.

How long it takes

It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Municipal Affairs to review your funding application and let you know if your funding application is approved. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the funding, but you need matching funding (from 1 or more sources) to fund the balance of the project.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • relevant studies to support the project
  • required council resolutions from all participating municipalities

Apply online

When you apply online you need to know your Grants Management System username and password. You get these from the chief administrative officer (CAO) or clerk of your municipality. Or contact the Provincial Capital Assistance Program.

Once you sign in to your Grants Management System account, you also need to upload any required supporting documents in PDF format. You can do this by scanning the documents or taking pictures of them.

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