CanNor launches second phase of Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Additional $6.4 million in funding for the North for community and cultural infrastructure

YELLOWKNIFE, May 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced funding for the second phase of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) in the North.

Cultural and recreational infrastructure — like community centres, parks and arenas — help to make our communities feel like home. It is important for Canadians to have places where they can play together, meet, and create a sense of community.  The Government of Canada is doubling its investment in community and cultural infrastructure, providing an additional $150 million nationally over two years to renovate, expand and improve these spaces across Canada. Of this investment, $6.4 million will support projects in the North.

CanNor is accepting applications for funding under the program's second phase on an ongoing basis. Municipal, regional and Indigenous governments, public sector bodies delivering municipal-type infrastructure services, and incorporated not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that will be supported on a cost-shared basis.

Quick Facts  

  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of the federal government's celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
  • The second phase of the program will include funding for projects that support the Government's priorities to ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples and promote a clean-growth economy.

Quotes

"As we near the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program highlights the importance of places in our communities that bring us together and make Canada home. By providing support to renovate, expand and improve cultural and regional infrastructure, we will ensure these spaces will continue to be enjoyed by Canadians for years to come."

Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

"The Government of Canada, via CanNor, will refurbish and enhance recreational and related community facilities across the North. These Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program investments will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate the North's rich heritage and history." 

Michael McLeod
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

Backgrounder

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

The Government of Canada is doubling its investment in community and cultural infrastructure, providing an additional $150 million over two years to renovate, expand, and improve these spaces across Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency will deliver an additional $6.4 million of this investment in the North.

As part of the Government's celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the CIP 150 program responds to the demand for community infrastructure improvements. The program is being administered across Canada by Regional Development Agencies.

This funding is part of more than $120 billion proposed in Budget 2016 for public transit, green infrastructure, and social infrastructure over the next ten years. These investments will transform Canadian communities and revitalize Canada's economy.  

Applications for projects in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut are being accepted on a continuous basis by CanNor. Applications will be accepted until all funding dollars are distributed.

Organizations that can apply include:

  • A municipal or regional government established by or under territorial statute;
  • A band council or an Aboriginal government authority established by a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement;
  • An incorporated not-for-profit organization;
  • A provincial entity that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined by territorial statute; and
  • A public-sector body that is established by or under territorial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a province, municipal or regional government which provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities.

The program supports the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community infrastructure. Examples of eligible projects include improving accessibility to a community centre, repairing a museum's roof, expanding a gymnasium, or extending a trail or bike path.

For more details on eligibility requirements and how to apply for funding in the North, visit www.cannor.gc.ca.

 

SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

For further information: Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, 343-291-2500; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Craig Welsh, Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region, 867-975-3722; For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca

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