The Rural and Northern Communities (RNC) Program was established to ensure the unique needs of British Columbia’s small, rural and remote communities are met – supporting their wide range of infrastructure priorities.
The goals of ICIP are to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable communities and support a low carbon, green economy. Under ICIP, the RNC Program is focused on improving the quality of life in rural communities by responding to the specific needs of these communities. Investments in rural infrastructure will help build stronger, more inclusive communities, help safeguard the environment and the health of residents, and help support local, low-carbon green economies, as well as work towards reconciliation with Indigenous communities, both on and off-reserve.
The Program reflects an outcome-based approach rather than a project category approach. In addition to clearly demonstrating public use and benefit, project eligibility is based on its ability to meet the following outcomes set out by Canada. A project must meet at least one of the following core or alternative outcomes to be considered eligible.
The core outcomes specific to the RNC program are:
- Improved food security
- Improved and/or more reliable road, air and/or marine infrastructure
- Improved broadband connectivity
- More efficient and/or reliable energy
- Improved education and/or health facilities (specific to Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action)
- Community, Culture and Recreation (CCR) Outcome
- Improved access to and/or increased quality of cultural, recreational and/or community infrastructure for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations.
- Green Infrastructure – Environmental Quality Outcomes (EQ)
- The project will increase the capacity to treat and/or manage wastewater
- The project will increase the capacity to treat and/or manage stormwater
- The project will increase access to potable water
- The project will increase capacity to reduce and/or remediate air pollutants (through solid waste diversion)
- The project will increase capacity to reduce and/or remediate soil pollutants
- Green Infrastructure – Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Outcome
- Increased structural capacity and/or increased natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and/or extreme weather events.
- Public Transit Outcomes
- Improved capacity of public transit infrastructure.
- Improved quality and/or safety of existing or future transit systems.
- Improved access to a public transit system.
- Local Governments, Indigenous Ultimate Recipients (both on and off-reserve), Not-for-Profits, and For-Profits (when partnered with a local government or Indigenous government).
For more information, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/funding-engagement-permits/funding-grants/investing-in-canada-infrastructure-program/rural-northern-communities