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Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Note: This program was completed on March 31, 2014

The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supported projects to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities. The CIIF also provided economic benefits, including job creation, to communities across Canada. The program was in effect until March 31, 2014.

What qualified for CIIF financing?

The CIIF supported the improvement and expansion of existing community facilities, such as:

  • Community centres;
  • Cultural centres;
  • Parks, recreational trails such as fitness trails, bike paths and other types of trails;
  • Libraries;
  • Recreational facilities, including local arenas, gymnasiums, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts, golf courses, ski hills or other types of recreational facilities;
  • Tourism facilities having a local impact;
  • Docks; and
  • Other existing community infrastructure assets that have a local community impact, such as local roads, drinking water treatment and distribution systems, connectivity and broadband, local airports, solid-waste management and waste-water infrastructure

Applicants to CIIF included:

  • Local and/or regional governments established by or under provincial or territorial statute;
  • Public-sector bodies wholly owned by an eligible recipient listed in the above point;
  • Not-for-profit entities;
  • Provincial and/or territorial entities that provides municipal-type services to communities, as defined by provincial or territorial statute;
  • First Nation governments, including Bands or Tribal Councils or their agents (including its wholly owned corporation), on the condition that the First Nation has indicated support for the project and for the legally designated representative to seek funding through a formal Band or Tribal Council resolution or other documentation from self-governing First Nations; and
  • Provincial and/or territorial government departments, agencies and Crown corporations.

How much assistance was available?

The total CIIF allocation for Atlantic Canada, to be delivered by ACOA, was $16.6 million. In Atlantic Canada, the CIIF could fund a maximum of 50 per cent of total eligible project costs.

Projects were selected on the basis of readiness, funds leveraged, their ability to be completed by March 31, 2014 as well as economic benefits including the potential for job creation.

Applicants were required to source a minimum of 50 per cent of their total project costs.