Home page Site map Email Québec Portal Search Francais
Menu Contenu
Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones

Community infrastructures

This $35 million budget, earmarked for community infrastructures and spread out over five years, is put at the disposal of the Aboriginal peoples. The objectives to be achieved are:

  • to promote the creation and consolidation of jobs in an Aboriginal setting;
  • to renew and improve community infrastructures so as to enhance the well-being of Aboriginal populations;
  • to generate investments.

A. Prerequisites

In order to have access to this budget, a nation or a community must:

  • have exhausted the budget attributed by the Aboriginal Development Fund (ADF) during the previous fiscal years, either because the time periods stipulated in the specific agreement have expired or because one or more funding agreements entered into by the parties necessitated the entirety of the sums allocated by the budget of the ADF;
  • have signed, with the Minister for Native Affairs, a specific agreement establishing the terms of application of the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund (AIF);
  • have given priority to the eligible projects representing at least 25% of the share of the budget devoted to economic development intended for the nation or community;
  • not already have accumulated more than $1 million in financial assistance from this budget for the same community.

B. Eligible organizations

  • The communities of the Aboriginal nations recognized by the Québec National Assembly
  • Non-profit Aboriginal organizations or their equivalent

C. Eligible projects

Every community infrastructure project must be submitted by the nation or the community within a period of five years, from the signing of the specific agreement. Projects submitted by non-profit organizations affecting several communities are also eligible. The following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • the project must be considered a priority and useful for the well-being of the Aboriginal population;
  • the capacity of the nation, the community or the beneficiary organization to assume the operating and upkeep expenses, if any, must be assured;
  • the project must be justified (deterioration, obsoleteness, insufficiency of the infrastructure in relation to the current population, works carried out to comply with standards or regulations, presence or absence of facilities of a similar nature or having the same vocation as the submitted project, etc.);
  • the spin-offs on the economy, jobs, the development of the territory and the revitalization of the reserve must be taken into consideration.

Eligible infrastructures and non-eligible infrastructures

This budget may not be used to fund major infrastructures and facilities considered to be overly specialized and too costly. Projects concerning the following activity sectors are eligible: social services, recreation, sports, culture, communications, tourism and information technologies.

The following infrastructures and facilities are eligible:

  • daycare centres;
  • recreation and sports facilities;
  • tourist reception, recreation, physical fitness, community and administrative centres;
  • non-residential developments (for example, landscaping, earthworks, recreation and community parks, playgrounds, walking trails, beaches, sanitary landfill sites, campgrounds and bank stabilization);
  • cultural and communication facilities having a community vocation;
  • sites associated with the development of heritage assets;
  • centres for young people and for seniors.

This budget may not be used to fund projects concerning the following activity sectors: health, education, municipal affairs, housing, transportation, public security and justice.

The following infrastructures are not eligible:

  • drinking water catchment, purification, storage and distribution facilities, including equipment related to fire protection;
  • disposal and inspection facilities for wastewater, including rain water;
  • roads, streets, sidewalks, bridges, overpasses, tunnels, retaining walls and noise walls;
  • schools;
  • hospitals and dispensaries;
  • airports and wharfs;
  • all heavy rolling stock;
  • penitentiaries, police stations, fire stations and jails;
  • facilities related to public security and justice (places where justice is exercised).

Eligible expenses and non-eligible expenses

Eligible expenses include:

  • expenses related to job contracts to carry out eligible works;
  • management expenses;
  • related costs, including professional fees, the cost of surveys, trials or analyses and temporary financing expenses;
  • expenses related to the purchase of eligible community facilities;
  • expenses related to the acquisition of new information technologies, such as computer hardware, software, software packages, updates, upgrades and the training required for their use.

A project may not include the portion of expenses that is already the subject of financial assistance from another department, government organization or mandatary of the gouvernement du Québec or of the Government of Canada.
The purchase price of lands is not eligible.

D. Conditions imposed on the proponent

The proponent must demonstrate its financial needs and submit to the Aboriginal authorities and to the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones (SAA) a business plan including, among other things, the following information:

  • the justification of its financial needs and the relevance of resorting to this budget to carry out the project;
  • the place where the project will be carried out;
  • a breakdown of the expenses and of the funding of the project, including the itemized list of the other anticipated sources of funding;
  • the project’s beneficial effects for the community;
  • the steps taken to support the project and the demonstration that the financial assistance requested is necessary to carry out the project
  • a three-year operating budget forecast.

E. Determining of the financial assistance

The financial assistance granted by the gouvernement du Québec to a nation, community or organization may not exceed 50% of the global cost of all of the eligible work and purchases approved by the Minister for Native Affairs.

All capital expenditures related to community infrastructures shall be amortized and financed according to their useful life, hence according to the same rules as those applying to similar facilities funded by the gouvernement du Québec on non-Aboriginal territories.

However, in the case of a non-profit organization that submits a business plan requiring a limited start-up funding, the gouvernement du Québec could envisage assuming a portion of the operating expenses over a maximum period of three years and on a declining basis.

F. Terms of payment and reporting

All authorized projects will be the subject of a multi-year funding agreement between the eligible organization and the gouvernement du Québec. The project to be carried out, the conditions for the payment of the financial assistance granted and the commitments of the parties will have to be clearly defined in the agreement. Moreover, this agreement will provide for a reporting process.

Signature gouvernementale
Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
905, avenue Honoré-Mercier, 1er étage - Québec (Qc)  G1R 5M6 - 418 643-3166
Last update : March 21, 2007