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The completion deadline for the Communities Component Top-up projects can be extended until October 31, 2011.  The deadline to submit a request for an extension is January 14, 2011.  

While the vast majority of projects will be complete by March 31, 2011, there are a number of projects that will benefit from a seven month extension to October 31, 2011.  This extension will ensure timely and responsible project completion.

This extension will allow project proponents to benefit from an additional construction season to complete projects underway.

Conditions for Project Extensions
There are three important conditions governing the extension for the completion of infrastructure projects funded under the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component Top Up. 

  • Projects will be granted an extension if they have started and incurred eligible costs by March 31, 2011. 
  • Furthermore, a claim for all eligible costs incurred up to March 31, 2011 must be submitted for reimbursement no later than April 15, 2011
  • Finally, any costs incurred after October 31, 2011, will not be reimbursed by either the federal or provincial government.

Those projects granted an extension will be required to submit monthly project progress reports throughout the extension period. 

All final claims for all projects being extended under the program, covering eligible costs incurred up to October 31, 2011, must be submitted to the Province no later than December 31, 2011.

How to request an extension
For those projects seeking an extension, recipients will be required to submit, no later than January 14, 2011, a request of extension that includes the following:

  • A letter citing the reasons for requesting the extension and the revised project completion date;
  • A financial forecast for the project with estimated total eligible costs to be incurred up to March 31, 2011 and will be incurred from April 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011;
  • A financial forecast of federal and provincial funding that will be claimed by March 31, 2011 and will be claimed from April 1, 2011 to October 31, 2011.
  • A detailed construction schedule for the completion of the project, signed by an engineer; and
  • A council resolution (board of directors resolution for regional districts and non-governmental organizations) committing to finish the project and accepting responsibility for any costs incurred beyond the October 31, 2011 date.

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