Government of B.C.

Eligibility

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

Applications for the 2020/21 intake are being accepted until February 20, 2020.​

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 active transportation infrastructure funding if projects satisfy the following criteria:

  • Previously funded active transportation projects (formerly BikeBC) awarded on or before 2018/2019 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 2021 (projects under $1 million) or by March 2022 (projects over $1 million)
  • Projects are open to the public

The funding is not available for:

  • Maintenance
  • Beautification
  • Recreation sites (e.g. skateboard park)
  • Projects that are already constructed or under construction
  • 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 Grants 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

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

Benefits

The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants 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

Cost-Sharing

The B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants 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  Applicant’s Community Profile
80% Indigenous community or local government(s) working in partnership with an Indigenous community
70% Population less than 15,000
60% Population between 15,000 to 25,000
50% Population over 25,000

Apply

Complete a separate application for each project you would like to have funded. Applications for the 2020/21 intake are being accepted until February 20, 2020.

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 Application

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

B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Application

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

B.C. Active Transportation Grants Cost Estimate

Complete this form to provide the selection committee with financial information about your project.

Active Transportation Infrastructure 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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Resources

Contact

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

Phone:

Mailing:

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

Street:

5D-940 Blanshard Street
Victoria BC V8W 3E6