3 Public Transit Grants from Infrastructure Canada

In recent weeks, Infrastructure Canada began to accept applications for three programs focused on public transit. In total, as the Government of Canada announced on February 10, $14.9 billion will support projects over the next eight years. Additionally, permanent funding of $3 billion will be available for communities beginning in 2026-27.

The investments worth better understanding in the immediate include: the Active Transportation Fund, Rural Transit Solutions Fund and the Zero Emission Transit Fund.

Below you’ll find an overview of each program that incorporates deadline information, eligible expenses and any relevant information. At Grants Office Canada, we will share grants intelligence to begin each week. Look for a new post every Monday.

Each program mentioned below either has one or two streams of available funding, featuring planning and/or capital funding. Planning grants typically fund any research or feasibility study required to develop a plan of action, while capital projects fund the necessary expenditures to make the project a reality.

With that, let’s reveal these programs.

Active Transportation Fund

This program offers planning and capital funding streams. Applicants have until March 31 to apply, although applications for both streams from eligible Indigenous organizations are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

The goal of this fund is to increase the total amount, usage and quality of active transportation infrastructure throughout the country.

The planning projects are considered grants, which are unconditional payments. Some specific eligible projects include research, public engagement and outreach events, any policy-related development, feasibility studies and any project that supports the implementation of Canada’s national active transportation strategy. Planning projects will be funded up to 100 percent of eligible costs, although the maximum amount will be $50,000.

Capital projects under the Active Transportation Fund are considered contributions, which means it’s a conditional payment. Recipients must meet specific conditions before being reimbursed. Eligible capital projects include building infrastructure for active transportation, such as footbridges, separated bicycle lanes and multi-use paths; improve already created transportation infrastructure; promote active transportation through storage facilities, lighting, greenery and benches; and added safety elements, such as crosswalks, medians and wayfinding signage. These are just a sample of eligible capital projects under this stream.

As far as allocation goes, Infrastructure Canada will fund up to 60 percent of municipal activities within provinces; up to 75 percent within territories and up to 100 percent for Indigenous communities.

Rural Transit Solutions Fund

This first of its kind fund had an open intake for planning projects in late 2021, which means only capital projects are eligible in this most recent application process. With a deadline of April 7, eligible applicants can receive up to $3 million for conventional solutions, such as the purchase of vehicles or digital platforms and up to $5 million for zero-emission transit solutions.

It’s important to point out that capital projects must be completed within two years of signing a contribution agreement with Infrastructure Canada.

Examples of eligible capital projects under conventional solutions include fixed-route buses, while the non-traditional solutions include ride-share and on-demand services that require the purchase of minivans, small craft, non-motorized and zero-emission fleets. Other activities include the construction of intermodal hubs, the installation of charging stations and the purchase of software.

Zero Emission Transit Fund

Similar to the Active Transportation Fund, the Zero Emission Transit Fund currently offer both planning and capital funding streams.

This program was created to support public transit and school bus operators who have been working to electrify their fleets. In addition, the fund has made promises to help deliver the government’s commitment to purchasing 5,000 zero emission buses over the next five years.

This application has a two-step process. The first being a submission of an expression of interest. Qualified candidates will then be invited to submit a full application.

Planning projects could be any studies, modelling or feasibility analysis that supports the development of a large-scale capital project. Capital projects could be buses, chagrining and refueling infrastructure and any additional infrastructure need.

Please find more information by visiting Infrastructure Canada: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/transit-transport/index-eng.html

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