Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, an additional $64.64 million has been allocated to smaller-scale projects in communities with populations of fewer than 100,000, for projects that will be substantially completed by March 31, 2011.
Canada and British Columbia have signed the Canada-British Columbia Building Canada Fund — Communities Component Agreement (BCF-CC), part of the $2.2 billion Building Canada Framework Agreement of 2007.
Under the BCF-CC Agreement, the provincial and the federal governments will each allocate $136 million to support local government infrastructure projects in communities with a population of less than 100,000 people. This funding will provide communities with support in addressing their infrastructure pressures and serve as a complementary instrument to Gas Tax Funding.
The federal and provincial governments will each contribute $111 million for community projects, such as:
- Drinking Water
- Public Transit
- National Highway System
- Green Energy
- Solid Waste Management
- Brownfield Redevelopment
- Connectivity and Broadband
- Local Road
- Shortline Railways
- Short Sea Shipping
- Local and Regional Airports
- Tourism (convention centres or exhibition hall-type facilities)
- Collaborative Projects
- Disaster Mitigation
- Flood Protection
The remainder of $25 million in incremental funding is allocated to accommodate the Flood Mitigation projects within the Provincial Flood Protection Program.
The BCF-CC is focused on delivering results that matter to Canadians — cleaner air and water, safer roads, shorter commutes, prosperous communities, and liveable communities. This 10 year funding program spans from 2007 to 2017 and will make a real difference in the everyday lives of Canadians, while supporting the nation's priorities — a stronger economy, cleaner environment, and better communities.
Projects will be selected through an application-based process and will be evaluated on the extent to which they meet environmental, economic, and quality of life objectives. It is important that projects are sustainable in regard to how they are planned, designed, constructed, operated, maintained and managed. The following provincial plans and strategies to consider are: