Active transportation funding for Indigenous and local governments

Active transportation infrastructure grants are available for Indigenous governments and local governments (including municipalities, regional districts and the Islands Trust).

Active transportation infrastructure grants

Indigenous and local governments can apply to have the B.C. government share the cost of their active transportation infrastructure projects, such as: 

  • Protected multi-use paths
  • Lighting
  • End-of-trip facilities
  • Way-finding
  • And more…

The B.C. government may fund between 50 to 80 percent of the project cost, depending on the size and type of the community.

There is also a Network Planning grant available to support smaller communities in developing active transportation network plans to support active transportation for all ages and abilities. The B.C. government may fund 50 percent of the project cost.

Here are examples of some of the over 100 active transportation infrastructure projects the B.C. government has funded across the province.

How to apply

If you work for an Indigenous or local government you can apply for the Active transportation infrastructure grant.

If you’re a citizen who wants your local government to apply for an active transportation grant, contact your locally elected officials.

Active transportation planning grant

Local governments can apply for a grant to enhance the active transportation components of a formal planning document, such as:

  • Official community plan
  • Sustainability plan
  • Neighbourhood plan
  • Transportation plan

The grant can be used to support research, consultation, or policy development.

The grant is funded by the B.C. government and is administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

Community safety enhancement program 

The community safety enhancement program provides up to $5 million in provincial funding to help communities make small improvements to their infrastructure. Proposals are submitted by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure after consultation with local stakeholders.

Examples of work completed to date includes:

  • Gabriola Island ferry entrance pedestrian safety improvements
  • Flashing crosswalk to improve safety at Signal Hill Elementary School in Pemberton
  • Shoulder construction Hariot Bay Road for pedestrians and cyclists on Quadra Island

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