Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. Small expansions such as adding ramps to improve accessibility to a facility, improving local connectivity or extending a trail or bike path are eligible. Construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to begin and end construction prior to March 31, 2014.
The Fund is being be delivered by regional development agencies across Canada and will support projects on a cost-shared basis. Municipal, regional and First Nation governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
The Fund has been allocated as follows:
|Regional Development Agency||Region||Fiscal year 2012-13||Fiscal year 2013-14||Total|
|Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency||Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island||$8,300,000||$8,300,000||$16,600,000|
|Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec||Quebec||$15,600,000||$15,600,000||$31,200,000|
|Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario||Ontario||$24,800,000||$24,800,000||$49,600,000|
|Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency||Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut||$3,200,000||$3,200,000||$6,400,000|
|Western Economic Diversification||British Columbia, Alberta,