Active Transportation Funding Eligibility

The Province provides financial assistance for new infrastructure and upgrade projects which form part of a municipality, regional district, or First Nations community’s adopted Active Transportation network plan.

Eligible projects include those that encourage transportation by accelerating the development of Active Transportation infrastructure. The focus of the program is on transportation trips to and from work, school, tourism and errands.

Applicants for infrastructure projects must meet best practices for Active Transportation infrastructure design. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure suggests the following resources:

  • BC Active Transportation Design Guide
  • Bikeway Traffic Control Guidelines for Canada (2nd Edition), Transportation Association of Canada (TAC). This resource is available for purchase through the TAC bookstore.

  • Guidelines for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (4th Edition), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. This resource is available for purchase here.

  • Urban Bikeway Design Guide, National Association of City Transportation Officials. This resource is available for purchase here.

NOTE: Although the above guidelines are suggested by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there may be other design guides for infrastructure that local governments and First Nations wish to use.

Here are some examples of past cycling projects we've funded.

Eligible Proposals

Eligible proposals need to demonstrate that the project:

  • Is a new project or
  • An upgrade project that enhances the infrastructure to encourage more Active Transportation (Examples include: paving a gravel trail or widening the trail)
  • Is part of an adopted network plan
  • Is ready for construction and can be completed within one year of funding approval (shovel-ready)
  • Promotes transportation (commuter). However, the facility should not be used exclusively for i.e. recreation and must include some elements & benefits for commuters
    Exclusions: off-road recreation (i.e. mountain bike trails or velodromes) is ineligible.
  • Provides a safe transportation environment
  • Helps to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

NOTE: Projects can be located within the ministry’s right of way with approval from local ministry’s operations manager

Network planning for small communities:

Small communities (communities with population of 15,000 or less) with no existing network plan are eligible to apply for cost-sharable funding (up to 50% of the total eligible costs) to develop a formal network plan. Expenses for successful network planning projects will be reimbursed upon completion and adoption of the plan. You do not have to apply for infrastructure funding in order to be eligible to apply for network funding.

Non-Eligible Proposals

Non-eligible proposals include, but are not limited to, projects that:

  • Were previously approved and have not yet completed.
  • Are not part of an adopted network plan
  • Have not completed design work and public consultations (not shovel ready)
  • Create an unsafe or illegal environment (for example, contravene the Motor Vehicle Act)
  • Have already been constructed
  • Are maintenance and rehabilitation (i.e. repaving) of existing infrastructure
  • Are off-road recreation (i.e. mountain bike trails or velodromes)

Eligible Costs

  •  Typical cost-shareable items are labour and material costs for:
  • *Active Transportation Network Plan development costs
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Project management
  • Pavement markings
  • Intersection lighting
  • Actuated signals and duct works
  • Actuation (loops and push buttons)
  • Traffic calming devices
  • Traffic control
  • Bridge structures
  • Retaining walls
  • Fencing (only where required for safety)
  • Utility relocation
  • Guardrails
  • Catch basins and utility access basins
  • End of trip facilities/amenities

*Note – Active Transportation Network costs are only eligible for CNP Grants; not Infrastructure Grants.

** End of Trip facilities / amenities: The following items classified as end of trip facilities/amenities can be claimed as eligible expenses (cap equal to the infrastructure grant criteria):

  • Wayfinding signs
  • Repair stations
  • Bike racks
  • Benches
  • Lockers
  • Trail lighting (other than intersection lighting)

End of trip facilities/amenities listed above must complement the facility. Additionally, the public use and benefits must be clearly demonstrated.

Ineligible Costs

Some non-cost-shareable items include:

  • Design work
  • Property acquisition
  • Administration / overhead
  • Educational or promotional signage
  • Landscaping
  • Interlocking pavers
  • Maintenance and rehabilitation (i.e. repaving) of existing infrastructure
  • Cycling facilities that contravene the Motor Vehicle Act
  • Vehicle parking facilities

Other Funding Considerations

Any third-party contributions received must be deducted from the project’s total eligible costs. The Active Transportation Program share will be calculated on the balance.

Approved projects must adhere to the design and route submitted to receive payment. Changes proposed after a contribution agreement is signed must be approved by the ministry prior to construction, although approval is not guaranteed.

Project Selection

Proposals are selected using a priority ranking system to determine which applications best meet the program’s goals of encouraging transportation, creating healthy living environments, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions through safe and effective infrastructure.

Funding for projects is awarded based on the following:

  • Community’s support for healthy living and physical fitness
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Facility type
  • Timing
  • Multimodal connections
  • Proponent’s priority
  • Endorsement letters

Preference will be given to projects that support Regional Active Transportation Corridors that help to create safe and efficient travel routes.