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About the Federal Gas Tax Fund Program

The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) will provide an estimated $616.9 million over 10 years to support municipalities in Saskatchewan. The GTF allocation is $292.7 million over the first five years from 2014-15 to 2018-19, and $324.2 million for the last half of the agreement from 2019-20 to 2023-24. The federal GTF program is administered by the provincial government in Saskatchewan. 

Allocations to municipalities are on a per capita basis. Allocations for 2019-20 to 2023-24 are based on 2016 Census figures. Allocations for 2014-15 to 2018-19 were based on 2011 Census figures.

Uncommitted legacy funds of $1.2 million in 2016-17 and a top-up of $61.9 million in 2018-19 have also flowed to municipalities on a per capita basis through the program.

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1. Renewed Gas Tax Fund

Saskatchewan and Canada entered into an administrative agreement enabling the provincial government to continue to receive funding from the federal GTF for a 10-year term: 2014-15 through 2023-24.

The 2013-2014 federal budget stated that $21.8 billion will flow to Canadian municipalities over 10 years through the renewed GTF. This provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while helping to create jobs and contributing to long-term prosperity. The program is now permanent and is indexed at two per cent annually, applied in $100 million increments.

The bilateral agreement provides a joint framework for transferring federal gas tax funding from Canada to Saskatchewan for administration and for allocation to municipalities.

To receive funding, municipalities must:

  • enter into a Municipal Gas Tax Fund Agreement, including any amendments;
  • submit an Infrastructure Investment Plan for each project; and
  • adhere to Saskatchewan's Municipal Compliance Strategy.
The payments are based on per capita and are to be used for municipal infrastructure and capacity building projects.

During the first five years of the renewed program, more than 1,100 Infrastructure Investment Plans were approved, with an estimated total project cost of $504 million.

The list of eligible project categories includes:

  • For expenditures incurred after April 1, 2005:
    • Local Road and Bridges
    • Short-line Rail
    • Public Transit
    • Drinking Water
    • Wastewater
    • Solid Waste
    • Community Energy Systems
    • Capacity Building
  • For expenditures incurred after April 1, 2014:
    • Highways
    • Regional and Local Airports
    • Short-sea Shipping
    • Disaster Mitigation
    • Broadband Connectivity
    • Brownfield Redevelopment
    • Cultural Infrastructure
    • Tourism Infrastructure
    • Sport Infrastructure
    • Recreational Infrastructure

 

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2. Infrastructure Investment Plans

Participating municipalities must complete an Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) form for each project under the Gas Tax Fund.

In 2019, a new template was created to help capture the information required to approve the IIP and to reduce follow-up requests to the municipality.

A Guide to Completing the Infrastructure Investment Plan and an Infrastructure Investment Plan Reporting Checklist was also created to assist the municipality.

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3. Agreements

Renewed Gas Tax Fund (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2024)

Federal-Provincial Agreement:

A consolidated version of the Administrative Agreement is being provided for your use and convenience; however, we do not guarantee the accuracy of the information as the agreement is subject to amendments.

Provincial-Municipal Agreement:

A consolidated version of the Municipal Gas Tax Fund Agreements is being provided for your use and convenience; however, we do not guarantee the accuracy of the information as the agreement is subject to amendments.

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4. Provincial Annual Expenditure Reports

On an annual basis, the Ministry of Government Relations completes an annual report for the federal Gas Tax Fund, which outlines spending and project information at a provincial level. The information provided in these reports is a result of the compilation of Municipal Annual Expenditure Reports, submitted by municipalities on an annual basis.

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