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Mar 2019 | March issue

Featured Grants & 2019 Federal Budget Briefing

2019 Federal Budget

The 2019 Canadian Federal Budget builds on previous investments in housing, small communities, and healthcare; as well as establishes new investments in Canada’s North, climate change, and equality. The budget, “Investing in the Middle Class,” focuses on delivering results for lower- and middle-class families to ensure that fewer Canadians are struggling to make ends meet. 
Since the first Liberal budget in 2015, the Government has sought to give tax breaks to middle-class families, create more affordable post-secondary education, support vulnerable seniors, create stronger and more resilient communities, reconcile with Indigenous communities, and fight climate change. The 2019 budget is a continuation of this work, hoping for long-term results for Canadians. 
With the 2019 budget, the Government covers four overarching areas: 
• Investing in the Middle Class 
• Building a Better Canada 
• Advancing Reconciliation 
• Delivering Real Change 
The Investing in the Middle Class section focuses on affordable housing, training benefits and skills training, affordable post-secondary education, the implementation of National Pharmacare, and assisting seniors. These investments include an additional $49.5 million over five years to the Youth Employment Strategy, ensuring young people have access to the support they need; and, $253.8 million over five years towards making the process for EI, CPP, and OAS easier to navigate and more responsive to Canadians. 
Building a Better Canada concentrates on infrastructure, a municipal top-up through the Gas Tax Fund, investments in electricity, clean economy, and broadband connectivity, as well as further support for Canada’s North and innovation and research excellence. This includes a one-time transfer of $2.2 billion through the Federal Gas Tax Fund for municipalities; and, $1.7 billion over 13 years for a Universal Broadband Fund.     
Advancing Reconciliation focuses on reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Canada. This includes assisting Indigenous communities through strengthening governance tools and autonomy and building healthy, safe, and resilient communities; as well as investing in housing, early childhood learning, and mental health. These investments include $739 million over five years to work towards clean water and eliminating boil water advisories, and $4.73 billion towards Indigenous programs and initiatives. 
Finally, in Delivering Real Change, the Federal Government is seeking to invest in the people of Canada and protecting Canadian values. They are seeking to do this through investments to strengthen tobacco control, introducing a National Dementia Strategy, supporting diversity, culture, and the arts, and, protecting Canada’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats. These investments include $134.4 million over five years towards supporting food policies; and, $144.9 million over years towards protecting Canadian critical infrastructure.  


This program has been reoccurring in BC for several years, with the intent of the program to assist local governments in delivering sustainable services by extending asset management practices within their organizations. 
Eligible Activities: 
  • Assessing—Conducting organizational/corporate capacity assessments, risk assessments
  • Planning—Development of asset management policies, plans, and strategies 
  • Implementing—Asset management training, outcome reporting, performance measurement 
All projects must be new or a new component and be completed by the applicant within one year from the date of grant approval 
Local governments (municipalities and regional districts) in British Columbia 
Applications can be submitted at any time; however, applications will only be reviewed twice in 2019;
- May 3, 2019 
- October 4, 2019
Required Application Components: 
  • Signed application form 
  • Council or Board resolution indicating support for the proposed activities 
  • Detailed project budget 
Maximum Project Costs: 
The program can provide up to 50% of total project costs to the grant maximum of $15,000  


Approximately $250 million in funding will be available under this stream over ten years starting in 2018-19. The current intake targets near-term transportation improvement projects. 
Project Type(s): 
  • Road, bridge, air or marine infrastructure 
  • Projects must be new construction, rehabilitation, or replacement work 
Ontario municipalities with populations of 100,000 or less 
Indigenous communities in Ontario 
Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted through Grants Ontario by 11:59 p.m. EDT by May 14th, 2019 
Project Conditions: 
  • Municipalities: Projects should be informed by an applicant’s asset management plan 
  • Indigenous Communities: Projects should be identified in, or supported by, a 5-Year Capital Plan; a Comprehensive Community Plan; a Strategic Community Plan; an Asset Conditions Reporting Systems report; a Feasibility Study or Detailed Design 
Assessment Criteria: 
  • Criticality of health and/or safety risk 
  • Technical merit of proposed project 
  • Funding needed for proposed project 
  • Efficiencies through joint projects 
Maximum Project Costs: 
The maximum total eligible cost per project for a single applicant is $5 million 
Eligible Costs: 
Environmental assessment costs; design/engineering costs; project management costs; materials; construction; and, contingency costs (maximum 25%)
Register Here for the 2019 Ontario Budget Briefing Webinar on April 12, 2019.