Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - British Columbia - Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure

The Rural and Northern Communities Program supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in rural communities across the province.

On September 12, 2018 the Canadian and British Columbian governments committed up to $95 million towards an initial intake of the Rural and Northern Communities (RNC) Program.

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
    • Detailed cost estimate
    • Site plan
    • Project plan
    • List and status of required licenses, permits and approvals (or indicate if not applicable)
    • Evidence of secured funds
    • For drinking water or wastewater projects: Water Conservation Plan and a copy of the Council/Board/Band Council endorsement for the plan

Project Eligibility

Eligible projects will support public infrastructure, defined as a tangible capital assets primarily for public use and benefit. To be eligible, projects must meet at least one of the following core or additional outcomes.

The core outcomes specific to the RNC program are:

  • Improved food security
  • Improved and/or more reliable road, air and/or marine infrastructure
  • Improved broadband connectivity
  • More efficient and/or reliable energy
  • Improved education and/or health facilities (specific to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action).

Additional outcomes eligible under RNC (from other specified ICIP programs):

  • Public Transit Outcomes:
    • Improved capacity of public transit infrastructure
    • Improved quality and/or safety of existing or future transit systems
    • Improved access to a public transit system
       
  • Green Infrastructure – Environmental Quality Outcomes (EQ):
    • Increased capacity to treat and/or manage wastewater and stormwater
    • Increased access to potable water
    • Increased capacity to reduce and/or remediate soil and/or air pollutants (through solid waste diversion and remediation)
  • Green Infrastructure - Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Outcomes:
    • Increased structural capacity and/or increased natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and/or extreme weather events
  • Community, Culture and Recreation Outcomes (CCR):
    • Improved access to and/or increased quality of cultural, recreational and/or community infrastructure for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations

Cost Sharing

Applicants must be able to cost-share the project and cover any cost over-runs. 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.

Projects from Local Governments with Populations between 5,000 and 25,000

Funding is available up to 90% of eligible project costs (50% Government of Canada, 40% 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.
  • For Environmental Quality Outcomes - Improvement Districts or Water Utilities applications must be made by a sponsoring regional district or municipality. Ownership of the infrastructure and associated assets must be transferred to the sponsor if approved for funding. See the Program Guide for details.

Projects from Local Governments with Populations Less Than 5,000

Funding is available up to 100% of eligible project costs (60% Government of Canada, 40% 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.
  • For Environmental Quality Outcomes - Improvement Districts or Water Utilities applications must be made by a sponsoring regional district or municipality. Ownership of the infrastructure and associated assets must be transferred to the sponsor if approved for funding. See the Program Guide for details.

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 100% of the eligible project costs (75% Government of Canada, 25% Province of British Columbia).

  • Indigenous Ultimate Recipients may submit one application.

Not-For-Profit Projects

Funding is available up to 75% of the eligible project costs (50% Government of Canada, 25% Province of British Columbia).

  • Not-For-Profit organizations may submit one application.

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).