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Application deadline: Applications and all supporting documents are due by 5pm Eastern Daylight Time on September 27th, 2017

Timelines: All applicants will be notified in January 2018 (estimated) if they have received the funding. Successful applicants must sign and return a contribution agreement and accompanying municipal by-law/LSB board resolution by no later than March 15th, 2018

Projects must be completed by December 31st, 2019

Application process:

Step 1: Complete the full Ontario Community Infrastructure Top-up Application

Step 2: Applicants must include their asset management plan and must identify the project that is being applied for as a priority. If a plan has already been submitted in either July 2015 or 2016 and no changes have been made then the applicant does not need to resubmit.

Step 3: Eligible municipalities must submit outstanding 2016 Financial Information Returns (FIRS) by September 27th, 2017

Eligibility: Small and northern Ontario communities whose formula-based grants in 2018 and 2019 add up to less than $2 million. Applicants that received funding under the previous application-based component of OCIF (successful applicants were announced in April 2017)  are not eligible to apply for funding under the 2017-18 intake. Joint applications are eligible for the funding

Total funding amount: $100 million will be allocated through the 2017-18 top-up intake

Funding amount per successful applicant: Eligible municipalities may request up to 90 percent of a project’s total eligible cost, to a maximum of the funding cap noted within their formula-based component allocation notice

Eligible expenditures: Capital expenditures on core infrastructure projects that are part of an asset management plan, including:

·         capital construction of new core infrastructure that addresses an existing health or safety issue

·         capital maintenance for the renewal, rehabilitation and replacement of core infrastructure owned by the recipient

Innovative capital technologies that can help reduce, avoid or defer capital and lifecycle costs, examples include:  

·         trenchless technologies for lining water mains

·         phosphorus removal from stormwater and ammonia removal from wastewater

Eligible/ineligible costs:

Eligible: environmental assessment costs (if any), design/engineering costs, projects management costs, materials, construction, contingency costs (maximum 15%)  

Ineligible: acquisition or leasing of land, buildings and other facilities, financing charges, legal fees, rolling stock (e.g. trucks, graders, etc.), movable/transitory assets (e.g. portable generators, etc.), costs of completing the application, taxes, regardless of rebate eligibility, in-kind donations, staff costs, other operating costs

Application Assessment Criteria:

1.       Expected benefit in relation to critical health and/or safety and technical merit of proposed project– Projects will be reviewed based on specific technical assessment criteria for each project type (road projects, bridge projects, water and/or wastewater projects)

2.       Comprehensiveness of asset management plan – Eligible projects must be identified as a priority in the applicant’s asset management plan. The content of the plans will be assessed against the guidelines in the Building Together Guide, with a focus on, state of local infrastructure, desired levels of service, asset management strategy, and financing strategy

3.       Funding need for the proposed project – The Province will review the cost of the proposed project per household, as well as median household income and weighted property assessment per household using Statistics Canada data and information collected from the application form

4.       Additional consideration – Additional consideration will be given to joint projects.


For more information on the top up funding please consult the Government of Ontario document: 

If your community needs assitance with your application, PSD offers grant writing and review services: