Government of B.C.

Eligibility

The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program offers two grant options for Indigenous governments and local governments, including municipalities, regional districts and Islands Trust.

Active Transportation Network Planning Grant

Network planning grants help communities develop active transportation network plans to support active transportation for all ages and abilities. Eligible governments may apply if:

  • Their community has a population under 25,000
  • Their community Active Transportation Network Plan is over 5 years old or non-existent

Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant

Eligible governments may apply for a maximum of two active transportation infrastructure grants if projects satisfy the following criteria:

  • Previously funded active transportation projects (formerly BikeBC) awarded before 2020/2021 are complete by the time of the application submission
  • Project is part of an active transportation network plan or equivalent
  • Project can begin construction once provincial funding has been announced
  • Projects will be completed by March 2023 (projects under $1 million) or by March 2024 (projects over $1 million)
  • Projects are open to the public

There is a reconsideration application available for infrastructure grants that were submitted in the 2020/21 intake if the projects have not yet been built, are shovel-ready, and remain a funding priority for the community.

The funding is not available for:

  • Maintenance
  • Beautification
  • Recreation sites (e.g. skateboard park)
  • Projects that create an unsafe or illegal environment

Overview

Active transportation relates to human-powered forms of commuting to work, school, recreation, socializing or running errands. It can take many forms and is continually evolving as new technologies emerge. It includes:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Rolling (skateboarding, in-line skating)
  • Winter focused (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing)
  • Water focused (kayaking, stand-up paddleboard)
  • Other emerging modes

The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program provides cost-sharing opportunities for network planning grants and infrastructure grants. Funding from these grant programs support the development of active transportation infrastructure for all ages and abilities. For example, infrastructure grants fund:

  • Multi-use protected travel lanes
  • Pedestrian and cycling safety improvements
  • End-of-trip facilities and other amenities
  • Lighting and way-finding

Benefits

The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program aligns with the provincial government’s Active Transportation Strategy, Move. Commute. Connect. This is B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation, part of the Province’s CleanBC plan to reduce carbon pollution and build a better future for all British Columbians. 

Active transportation infrastructure improves:

  • Safety
  • Community connectivity
  • Continuity between existing or planned transportation corridors
  • Linkages to public transit, ferries, airports
  • Local economic opportunities
  • Tourism
  • Partnerships between neighboring jurisdictions
  • Physical health
  • Mental health

Funding Amount

The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program provides guidance and cost-sharing for B.C. communities to make it easier and safer for people to walk, ride or roll using active transportation modes.

Active Transportation Network Planning Grant

The province cost-shares to a maximum of 50%, or $50,000 whichever is less.

Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant

The province cost-shares to a maximum of $500,000 per project.

Provincial cost-share portions are determined by the type and size of community applying for a grant. Eligible and ineligible costs are detailed in the Program Guidelines.

Eligible Infrastructure Funding by Community Type

Percent of eligible funding by applicant’s community profile:

  • Indigenous community or local government(s) working in partnership with an Indigenous community - 80%
  • Population less than 15,000 - 70%
  • Population between 15,000 to 25,000 - 60%
  • Population over 25,000 - 50%

Successful recipients of a grant will:

  • Be asked to sign a Conditional Grant Agreement
  • Receive initial funding when the agreement is signed
  • Submit before and after photos
  • Submit expense reports with supporting documentation
  • Receive the remainder of the grant funding when the agreement is fulfilled

Apply

When the next intake opens, complete a separate application for each project you would like to have funded. There is a maximum of two applications for infrastructure grants. There is a reconsideration application option for infrastructure projects previously submitted through the most recent intake.

B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program Guidelines

Before applying for a network planning or infrastructure grant, review this detailed description of project eligibility, eligible expenditures, cost-sharing limits and the application process.

B.C. Active Transportation Network Plan Grant

Complete these forms to apply for cost-sharing funding for Indigenous and local governments whose communities have populations under 25,000 to create a network plan for their community.

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B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Applications

Complete these forms to apply to develop active transportation projects in your community that improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions or improve tourism opportunities.

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Active Transportation Grant Reporting

If your project is approved, complete these forms as required by the contribution agreement between the Province and Indigenous or local government and to ensure the release of funds.

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Contact

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For information or assistance contact:
B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant Program

Phone:

Mailing:

PO Box 9850, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V9W 9T5

Street:

5D-940 Blanshard Street
Victoria BC V8W 3E6