Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - British Columbia – Green Infrastructure - Climate Change Mitigation – CleanBC Communities Fund

The CleanBC Communities Fund supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province. These projects will focus on the management of renewable energy, access to clean-energy transportation, improved energy efficiency of buildings and the generation of clean energy.

On December 18, 2018, the Canadian and British Columbian governments committed up to $63 million towards an initial intake of the Green Infrastructure - CleanBC Communities Fund (CCF).

The CleanBC Communities Fund is a collaboration between the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. 

The CleanBC Communities Fund is a foundational component of the B.C. government’s CleanBC plan. CleanBC puts B.C. on the path to a cleaner, better future – with a low-carbon economy that creates opportunities for all while protecting our clean air, land and water.

Go to the CleanBC Website

To apply for this funding follow these steps:

  1. Before submitting an application, refer to:
  2. Determine if your project meets requirements for funding.
  3. Determine if your organization is eligible to submit an application.
  4. Ensure you have a business BCeID
  5. Complete the online application
  6. Upload your completed mandatory documents with your application which include:
  • Council/Board/Band Council Resolution
  • Project location .KML file
  • Detailed Cost Estimate (use template)
  • Site Plan
  • Feasibility Study
  • List and status of required licences, permits and approvals. Indicate if they have been “obtained” or are “pending”.
  • Evidence of secured funds
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation assessment document
  • For applications from not-for-profits and for-profits: Partnership agreement with local government or Indigenous government

Project Eligibility

Eligible projects will support public infrastructure, defined as a tangible capital asset primarily for public use and benefit. To be eligible, projects must meet one of the following outcomes:

  • Increased capacity to manage renewable energy
  • Increased access to clean-energy transportation
  • Increased energy efficiency of buildings
  • Increase generation of clean energy

Cost Sharing

Applicants must be able to cost-share the project. The federal and provincial contributions depend on the type of applicant. The Program is claims based. Applicants will need to be able to incur and pay costs prior to submitting claims for reimbursement. Cost over-runs and ineligible costs will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Projects from Local Governments

Funding is available up to 73.33% of eligible project costs (40% Government of Canada, 33.33% Province of British Columbia)

  • Municipalities may submit one application.
  • Regional Districts may submit one application for each community in their area.
    A community is defined as a settlement area within a regional district electoral area or an established or proposed service area.

Indigenous Ultimate Recipient Projects - On-Reserve

Funding is available up to 75% of the eligible project costs (75% Government of Canada)

  • Indigenous Ultimate Recipients may submit one application.

Indigenous Ultimate Recipient Projects - Off-Reserve

Funding is available up to 90% of the eligible project costs (75% Government of Canada, 15% Province of British Columbia).

  • Indigenous Ultimate Recipients may submit one application.

Not-For-Profit Projects

Funding is available up to 65% of the eligible project costs (40% Government of Canada, 25% Province of British Columbia).

  • Not-For-Profit organizations may submit one application and must work in collaboration with one or more Local Government(s) or Indigenous Government(s).

For-Profit Projects

Funding is available up to 40% of the eligible project costs (25% Government of Canada, 15% Province of British Columbia).

  • For-Profit organizations may submit one application and must work in collaboration with one or more Local Government(s) or Indigenous Government(s).