May 12, 2009
Northern Development is pleased to advise that Western Economic Diversification is now accepting applications to the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program. Direct website links for program information and application forms are provided below.
Municipalities, regional districts, First Nations and non?profit groups in central and northern BC can also access Northern Development’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program for RInC projects that focus on:
Northern Development’s next intake deadline for the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program is June 19, 2009
Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program Information
Recreational Infrastructure Canada
The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program provides $500 million nationally for projects to rehabilitate recreational facilities across Canada that can be completed by March 31, 2011.
Through RInC, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting upgrades and repairs to existing recreational assets.
The program is designed to provide a timely, targeted stimulus to the economy, and to help mitigate the impacts of the global economic recession by increasing the total amount of construction activity related to recreational infrastructure. Through the rehabilitation of recreational infrastructure, this program also encourages participation in physical activity and community building.
The initial RInC allocation for Western Canada, to be delivered by Western Economic Diversification Canada, is almost $54 million. The remaining funding, over the next two years, will be allocated based on the number of applications submitted to the Department. Projects will be selected on the basis of merit and construction readiness.
The federal government will fund up to 33 per cent of eligible costs. The remaining funding will need to be sourced from provincial or municipal governments, community organizations, or the private sector. The maximum federal contribution to any one project under this program will be $1 million.
Projects must meet the mandatory requirements as outlined in program eligibility section. Furthermore, projects will be recommended and approved on the basis of merit. The application form is available online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca. Project proposals are due by May 29, 2009 and projects needing more time to develop have until June 19, 2009.
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements described above, projects will be assessed on:
Depending on the volume of applications received, other criteria may be applied.