Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150)

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Please note that this call for proposals has closed and new applications for funding are therefore no longer being accepted for CIP150. We invite you to have a look at our other programs currently on offer. Thank you for your interest in the programs and activities of CanNor.

What is CIP 150?

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) is being delivered by regional development agencies across the country to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

CIP 150 is a funding program that supports projects that rehabilitate, renovate, or enhance cultural and community infrastructure that is designed for public use or benefit and helps define a community's sense of place, pride and purpose.

In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada doubled its investment in CIP 150, providing an additional $150 million to the program nationally over two years. This new funding will prioritize projects that have a positive impact on the environment and Indigenous communities, foster clean economic growth and support recreational infrastructure or facilities.

In the North, CIP 150 is delivered by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). CanNor will deliver an additional $6.4 million, bringing the total CIP 150 funding in the North to $12.8 million.

Why should I apply?

By applying to CIP 150 you could receive funds to cover up to 75% of the costs of a project that involves the renovation, expansion, or improvement of existing community infrastructure and recreational facilities, including projects designed to promote a clean-growth economy.

Depending on your project, you may receive up to $500,000 to cover eligible project costs.

Who can apply?

Table 1.1 shows who is eligible to apply to CIP 150.

Table 1.1: Applicants eligible for CIP 150
Who am I? Am I eligible for CIP 150?
A municipal or regional government established by territorial statute.
A territorial entity (e.g. a department, corporation, or agency that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined in territorial statute).
A band council (within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act).
An Aboriginal government 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).
A public sector organization that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities (and is established by territorial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a territory, municipal, or regional government).
A not-for-profit organization. Yes
An organization or establishment created for charitable or religious purposes. No
A for-profit business, corporation, or enterprise. No

What types of projects does CIP 150 support?

The CIP 150 supports the renovation, expansion, and improvement of existing community and cultural infrastructure. An expansion is defined as an increase of less than 30% of the existing square footage or footprint.

Eligible projects must fall under at least one of the following project categories:

Construction of new community and cultural infrastructure is not eligible for CIP 150 funding.

CIP 150 project criteria checklist

Use the CIP 150 project criteria checklist to see if your project could be eligible for CIP 150 funding. It is preferable to have more checks in the "Yes" column of the chart.

Table 1.2: CIP 150 project criteria checklist
CIP 150 project criteria YES NO
My project addresses critical community infrastructure needs and leaves a lasting legacy as part of Canada's 150th anniversary.    
My project will have a significant and direct impact on community economic development.    
My project has the potential to directly create jobs in the community during its implementation.    
My project does not involve the construction of new cultural or community infrastructure.    
My project involves a renovation or expansion that requires an increase of less than 30% of the existing square footage or footprint.    
My project supports at least one the three priorities:
  • It is a project that has a positive impact on the environment and advances a clean growth economy
  • It is a project that has a positive impact on Indigenous communities and peoples
  • It is a project that supports recreational infrastructure or facilities
My project improves a facility or asset that is accessible to the public (i.e.: not limited to a private membership) AND/OR benefits a large segment of the community.    
At least 25% of my project costs are going to be covered by sources other than the CIP 150 and this funding is confirmed in writing.    
My project is able to be completed by the fall of 2017 (i.e. the majority of my project can be complete and the facility or infrastructure ready for its intended use by the fall of 2017. Minor finishing touches, such as parking, paving, or landscaping may be completed after this date).    

How do I apply?

To apply to CIP 150 you must complete the CIP 150 application form and submit it to their regional CanNor office.

Before you apply, be sure to contact your regional CanNor office. A CanNor representative will be happy to answer any questions you have about CIP 150 and guide you through the application process.

A CanNor representative will be happy to address any questions or concerns you might have about the application, and to guide you through this process.When your completed application has been received, you will be notified by a CanNor staff, and informed of next steps.

When do I apply?

You can apply now for CIP 150. Applications will be accepted until all funding dollars are distributed. Due to high levels of interest, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Where can I find more information on CIP 150?

For more information on CIP 150, or for help completing and submitting an application, contact your regional CanNor office.

More information on the program can also be found at the following links:

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