The announcement of Arctic and Northern call for proposals represents the next phase of the National Trade Corridors Fund program. This call targets infrastructure projects that address the unique transportation priorities and needs of Canada’s Arctic and northern communities.
In that context, they will be funding projects that clearly meet at least one of the following three program objectives:
- Address the transportation needs of Arctic and northern communities, including safety and economic development;
- Increase the resilience of the Canadian transportation system to current and future impacts associated with the changing climate;
- promote the sustainability of transportation in Canada; and increase its adaptability to new technologies and future innovation; and
- Support the fluidity of Canadian trade by alleviating capacity constraints and bottlenecks, and strengthening modal interconnectivity and operability.
- Proposals should also demonstrate how the project will address the fourth NTCF program objective, if possible: Leverage investments from multiple partners.
- The maximum contribution that may be awarded to a project from the NTCF is $500 million. The maximum level of total Canadian government funding (municipal, provincial, territorial and federal) authorized by this program’s terms and conditions must not exceed 100% of total eligible expenditures for any project.
The project must specifically target, or be located, in one of the following northern geographic locations within Canada:
- Northwest Territories;
- The northern extent of Labrador that includes the Nunatsiavut region, in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Nunavik region, in Quebec; or
- Town of Churchill, Port of Churchill, and related transportation assets, in northern Manitoba.
The following eligible recipients are invited to make submissions under this call for proposals:
- Provinces and territories, including provincially and territorially-owned entities;
- Municipalities, including local and regional governments, and municipally-owned entities;
- Indigenous governments, tribal councils and other forms of the regional government, nationally or regionally representative Indigenous organizations, and/or Indigenous development corporations;
- Public sector organizations;
- Federal organizations including Crown Corporations (FAA Schedule III only);
- For-profit and not-for-profit private sector organizations, including those organizations headquartered outside of Canada;
- Canada Port Authorities (subject to Canada Marine Act);
- National Airports System Airport Authorities; and
- Colleges and universities.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit a completed EOI application form to Transport Canada in advance of a CPP, by no later than December 21, 2020. The EOI submission is optional but will provide an opportunity for applicants to verify that they are eligible for funding and that their project meets essential eligibility criteria.
- To be considered for funding from the NTCF Arctic and Northern call for proposals, applicants must submit a CPP to Transport Canada by no later than March 15, 2021.
- Applicants should submit both their EOI application form and their CPP using the NTCF online application portal.
- Your CPP will be evaluated by a committee who will decide its overall strengths and individual merits. This evaluation will be based on the overall assessment criteria, as well as how well the proposed project aligns with the criteria of the NTCF program objectives.
- Make sure to keep the program objectives and the evaluation criteria in mind while you complete both the EOI (if you submit one), and the CPP. In particular, it is essential that your proposed project addresses the transportation infrastructure priorities and needs of Arctic and northern communities to be considered for funding.
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