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Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Canada and Saskatchewan signed the bilateral agreement for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) in October 2018. The program will provide more than $896 million in federal funding for all types of Saskatchewan infrastructure projects over the next 10 years until 2028.

Saskatchewan residents will benefit from these investments through:

  • cleaner air and water;
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions;
  • sustainable water management;
  • enhanced public parks, recreational facilities and other spaces that make communities great places to live;
  • faster commutes and travel times and easier movement of goods for businesses; and
  • better transportation and digital infrastructure for people living in remote communities.
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1. Eligibility

To be eligible for ICIP funding, applicants must be one of the following:

  • A municipal or regional government established by or under provincial statute;
  • A public sector body that is established by or under provincial statute or by regulation or is wholly-owned by Saskatchewan, or a municipal or regional government;
  • A private sector body, including for-profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations. In the case of for-profit organizations, they will need to work in collaboration with one or more of the entities referred to above or an Indigenous government listed below; and
  • An Indigenous applicant such as:
    • A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act;
    • A First Nation, Inuit or Métis government or authority established pursuant to a self-government agreement or a comprehensive land claim agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada and an Indigenous people of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation;
    • A First Nation, Inuit or Métis government that is established by or under legislation whether federal or provincial that incorporates a governance structure; and
    • A not-for-profit organization whose central mandate is to improve Indigenous outcomes.
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2. Program Funding Available

The more than $896 million of federal ICIP funding available for all types of eligible Saskatchewan projects is divided into four investment streams:

  • Public Transit Infrastructure Stream – $307.9 million
    Funds will help build:
    • new urban transit networks and service extensions; and
    • upgrade existing systems to improve the way that citizens live, move and work.
  • Green Infrastructure Stream – $416.3 million
    Funds will help:
    • support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions;
    • enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation;
    • ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens; and
    • decrease the release of pollutants into the environment.
  • Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream – $56.2 million
    Funds will help:
    • build stronger communities; and
    • improve social inclusion.
  • Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream – $115.9 million
    Funds will support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural- and northern-specific needs.

At this time, no decision has been made on funding allocations by recipient type (e.g. a set amount of ICIP funding dedicated to municipal and/or provincial projects).

The federal and provincial funding contributions will vary depending on the funding stream and the applicant type.

Applicant Type Federal ICIP Contribution Provincial ICIP Contribution
Municipal At least 40% * Up to 33.33%
Non-Profit Up to 40% Up to 33.33%
Indigenous Up to 75% Up to 25%
Private Sector – For-Profit Up to 25% 0%
*Contributions listed above are estimates and will not be confirmed until project approval is received from Canada.

Each funding stream has its own project eligibility requirements and outcomes. Please visit Infrastructure Canada for details.

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3. How to Apply

Saskatchewan is implementing the following two-stage process to: 1) gather information about the current infrastructure demand in our province and further develop program criteria; and 2) to plan and prepare for a full, more detailed application intake.

Stage 1. Expression of Interest (EOI)

EOIs accepted from Friday, March 15, 2019 until 4:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The EOI requests information about your project’s priority, planning and outcomes. Although this is a short timeline, applicants that have active asset management plans should be well-positioned to provide the required basic information in the simplified form.

Submit an EOI for all projects that you consider a priority and that you would be prepared to start in the next five years (2019-2024). There is no limit on the number of EOIs that you can submit. However, you must submit a separate EOI for each project and you will be asked to prioritize your project submissions. Participation in the EOI is strongly recommended and will be a consideration in the rating and assessment of full, more detailed ICIP applications (see Stage 2).

Please note: the EOI is NOT an application for funding. However, based on the EOI information received, some projects may be identified to complete a detailed application for immediate funding consideration.

Stage 2. Full, More Detailed ICIP Application Intake

A full, more detailed application intake is expected in late 2019. It will follow a similar process to application intakes under previous federal-provincial programs.

However, the full, more detailed ICIP application will require more information and project planning than previous federal-provincial applications. Therefore, the full, more detailed ICIP application intake will be open for an extended period (months not weeks) to allow applicants time to prepare for these additional requirements.

Details on the full, more detailed ICIP application intake will be available later in 2019, well in advance of that stage. A full application guide including project rating criteria to assist with project planning and application development will be provided.

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4. Submit Your Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the ICIP will be accepted starting Friday, March 15, 2019.

Deadline to submit an EOI is 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

To submit an EOI, follow these steps:

  1. Review this EOI Guide. It provides you information on how to fill in each question in the EOI form.
  2. Select the link below to open a blank EOI form.
    • Information on how to complete the EOI form will be provided on the opening page.
    • The online form will allow you to save your work and come back to it at your convenience.
    • The form also has a print/save function at the end so you can save your EOI for your records.
Submit Your Expression of Interest
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5. For More Information

If you have questions, contact Municipal Infrastructure and Finance in the Ministry of Government Relations by email at infra@gov.sk.ca or call us at 306-787-1262.

You may also wish to visit the following pages on the Government of Canada website:

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