Application Guide

The On-line Program Guide contains information regarding:

  • Eligible program categories and mandatory project criteria
  • Eligible and ineligible costs
  • How to complete the on-line application form and schedules
  • How to complete a business case
  • Provincial Requirement Guidelines (please read carefully)

On-line Program Guide
On-line Program Guide (French)

Rating Criteria

Sample Project Descriptions


To be eligible for funding, a project must:

  • Be submitted by an applicant that demonstrates that they will be able to operate and maintain the resulting infrastructure over the long term;
  • Fall within one of the applicable eligible categories, be consistent with the objectives of the category and directly related to one of its subcategories, meet one or more of the project outcomes of the category and meet the mandatory project criteria of the category;
  • Be for public use or benefit;
  • Be for the construction, renewal, expansion, upgrade, or material enhancement of infrastructure, however, excluding normal maintenance or operation;
  • Stipulate a construction completion date of no later than March 31, 2015; and
  • Be implemented in communities served by Local Governments with a population of less than 100,000 people, as set out in the Statistics Canada Final 2006 Census.

For urban streets, only the main street and/or main access road are eligible.

For rural roads, paving (including seal coating) is not eligible, but the costs to prepare the road up until the paving are eligible.

New road construction is not eligible; only the rehabilitation or upgrading of existing roads is eligible.

Projects with a completion date beyond March 31, 2015 will not be considered for funding.

Projects are ineligible if construction work (e.g. physical changes to land (above
or below ground level) or buildings) has started in advance of the approval of the Ministers or the completion and approval of the environmental assessment.

Maintenance activities are not eligible (e.g. grading roads, cleaning up landfills, removing sludge, repairing bridges, etc.).


Projects approved under the BCF-CC program will be cost-shared up to 1/3:1/3:1/3 by the federal/provincial/municipal governments.  The municipal portion may include contributions from other municipalities, and community organizations in the private and non-profit sectors.  Applicants incur and pay the project costs up front and may submit claims to the BCF-CC Joint Secretariat to receive reimbursement of the federal and provincial contribution.

Stacking of federal grant/contribution programs may be permitted under the BCF-CC program; but will be reviewed on a project by project basis.  However, under no circumstances will BCF-CC and other federal funding from all sources exceed 50% of the project’s total eligible costs.  Municipalities considering the use of other federal funding for their projects are strongly encouraged to contact the BCF-CC Joint Secretariat prior to submitting their applications.  Under BCF-CC, a local government can use provincial grant funding as its share of project funding. For example, Saskatchewan Municipal Economic Enhancement Program funding may be used towards a municipality’s share of the project cost.








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