Infrastructure Funding Programs
The goal of the Government of PEI is to improve the quality of life for all Islanders and build the foundation for sustained long-term economic growth in the 21st century.
Through PEI Infrastructure programs, federal, provincial and municipal governments are investing millions of dollars in infrastructure across Prince Edward Island.
Infrastructure is a joint initiative between the Government of Canada and the Government of Prince Edward Island. The program began in the fiscal year 2000-2001 with millions of dollars invested in municipalities across the province to support major capital projects.
Infrastructure funding programs available to Prince Edward Island municipalities include:
- Gas Tax (GT)
- New Building Canada Fund (BCF)
- Clean Water and Waste Water Fund
- Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund (ICIP)
Who is the Minister responsible for Infrastructure?
The Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.
Who is the PEI Infrastructure Secretariat?
Jesse MacDougall (Acting Program and Asset Management Coordinator)
Phone: (902) 620-3631
Darlene Rhodenizer (Provincial Manager)
Phone: (902) 368-6213
Garth Simmons (Provincial Project Officer)
Phone: (902) 368-4882
Denyse Redmond (Acting Provincial Administrative Assistant)
Phone: (902) 620-3380
What are the overall objectives of the program and how do our projects fit in?
Every funding agreement has its objective, but broadly speaking, project applications will be assessed according to how well they advance the following objectives of the program:
- Enhancement of the environment, (e.g., water and wastewater management, solid waste management, more efficient energy use)
- Support of long-term economic growth, (e.g., increasing economic opportunity in communities, increasing access to the new economy through improved telecommunications)
- Improvement of community infrastructure, (e.g., constructing or rehabilitating traditional transportation infrastructure, increasing community safety, supporting Canadian heritage and culture, increasing access to local recreational facilities, etc.)
- Building 21st century infrastructure, (e.g., encouraging innovation, increasing partnerships, encouraging use of new approaches and best practices, more efficient use of existing infrastructure)
What is "green" infrastructure?
Green infrastructure improves the quality of our environment and contributes to our national goals of clean air and water, (e.g., water and wastewater systems, water treatment, solid waste management and recycling, and capital expenditures to retrofit or improve the energy efficiency of buildings and facilities owned by local governments, among others).
How does a municipality apply for project funding under Infrastructure Canada-PEI?
The Infrastructure Secretariat is responsible for administering the programs. Municipalities can contact the Secretariat for more information at 1-888-240-4411.
Information concerning applications and application forms can also be downloaded from each program’s webpage.
Who decides which projects are approved?
Most infrastructure funding agreements require that all projects be reviewed by a Management Committee consisting of representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments represented by the Federation of PEI Municipalities.
Will there be any limit on completion dates for projects?
Yes. However completion dates vary between funding agreements.
What is the role of municipalities in the Infrastructure Canada-PEI program?
Municipal governments, according to their own priorities, submit projects to be funded through the program, and thus play a pivotal role in the implementation of the Infrastructure Canada-PEI program.
Representatives of FPEIM were involved in the development of some of the new programs. A representative of FPEIM is either a voting member or an observer of the Management Committee to ensure municipal input continues through the life of the program.
Infrastructure Canada-PEI is designed to work from the bottom up. No one knows the needs of a community better than the people who live and work in that community.
How will individual projects be funded?
It will depend on the program, but in many cases, the federal and provincial governments will each provide up to one-third of the eligible cost of a municipal infrastructure project, and the municipality itself will provide the rest of the funds. Private sector participation is considered in lieu of or in conjunction with a municipal contribution.
Are there any provisions for First Nations in this program?
There are provisions for First Nations. Infrastructure priorities for First Nations communities will be funded through a separate allocation of funds, to be administered by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. The Government of Canada has set aside about $31 million for First Nations infrastructure across Canada.
How do I find out the status of my application?
Notification letters will be sent out to all groups whose projects have been approved for funding. An applicant can contact the Secretariat Office toll free at 1-888-240-4411 for an update at any time.
What if we have already started the project?
Costs for projects already underway are not eligible for funding under the guidelines of the program. There is also a risk that the entire project may also be deemed ineligible if the work completed is not consistent with any environmental mitigation measures that would have been imposed as a condition of funding.
If a project can logically be broken into phases, then funding could be requested for a phase of the project that has not yet begun.
Can we tender the project while we await approval?
Written approval is required prior to tendering any project not yet approved. Contact the office and they will advise on how to proceed.
Do I need an environmental assessment?
The Environmental Assessment Checklist provided in the application needs to be completed as all projects funded are subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
The only exceptions are Gas Tax applications. Gas Tax projects are not subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act; however, they must meet Provincial standards.
When do we receive the funding?
Each agreement has its own process for receiving funds.
For example: the Gas Tax program works on lump sum payments. Participants are then responsible for filling out appropriate auditing materials (i.e. annual expenditure reports).
All project agreements administered by the Province have certain insurance requirements attached to them. It is a good idea for municipalities to look over the insurance section, below, to ensure that they understand exactly what will be required. It would also be advisable that you discuss these sections with your insurance provider.
When contracting for work on a project, the contractor is required to provide whatever insurance package the project calls for under the “Third Party Contracts”. We would advise that the insurance requirements should be included in quotation and tender requests, so contractors are aware of them prior to providing their quotations to you.
For more information you can contact the PEI Infrastructure Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.