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Community infrastructures

The community infrastructure component of the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund II (AIF II), with a total budget of $38 million over five years, is available to Aboriginal peoples in Québec. Of this amount, $3 million has been set aside for use by Aboriginal community organizations located off reserve. The “first come, first served” principle applies to this component of the program. In terms of community infrastructure projects initiated by off-reserve Aboriginal community organizations, housing is eligible if these projects are related to temporary, transient or emergency housing.

The goals of this component are to:

  1. Renew and improve community infrastructures so as to enhance the well-being and living conditions of Aboriginal populations;
  2. Support the social and community development of Aboriginals.

If a community wants the remaining funds reserved under the economic development component of AIF to be transferred to AIF II, it can request to do so. Then, the initial agreement will be terminated. Whether it is for the economic development or community infrastructure component, all new projects that are submitted will be evaluated under the applicable AIF II criteria. Funding can be from the AIF (if the community is eligible and the amounts are still available) or AIF II, as the case may be. The other AIF components—loan guarantees, community action and support for consultation—ended on March 31, 2012.

A. General terms

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

  1. Have signed a specific agreement with the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs no later than two years after the announcement of the AIF II, in which the nation or community commits to submitting economic development projects;
  2. Have prioritized eligible projects representing at least 25% of the portion of the budget reserved for it under the economic development component;
  3. Not have received more than $1 million in financial assistance for the same community under this component of the program.

B. Eligible organizations

Eligible organizations for the community infrastructure component are:

  1. Aboriginal nations and communities that are recognized by the Québec National Assembly;
  2. Non-profit Aboriginal organizations or their equivalent.

C. Eligible projects

All community infrastructure projects must be submitted by the nation or the community within a period of five years from the signing, by all parties, of the specific agreement establishing the terms of program planning and cooperation in the economic development field. Projects presented by off‑reserve Aboriginal community organizations must be submitted to the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones and completed by March 31, 2017. All projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. The project must be considered a priority and useful for the well-being of the Aboriginal population;
  2. The nation, community or beneficiary organization must be able to assume the operating and upkeep expenses, if any.

Eligible Infrastructures

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:

  1. Daycare centres;
  2. Recreation and sports facilities;
  3. Tourist reception, recreation, physical fitness, community and administrative centres;
  4. Non-residential developments (for example: earthworks, recreation and community parks, playgrounds, walking trails, beaches and campgrounds);
  5. Cultural and communication facilities having a community vocation;
  6. Development of heritage assets;
  7. Youth centres;
  8. Community and residential centres.

Non-eligible Infrastructures

This budget cannot be used to fund on-reserve projects in sectors that fall under the federal government’s responsibility, including:

  1. Drinking water catchment, purification, storage and distribution facilities, including equipment related to fire protection;
  2. Disposal and inspection facilities for wastewater, including rain water;
  3. Roads, streets, sidewalks, bridges, overpasses, tunnels, retaining walls and noise walls;
  4. Schools;
  5. Hospitals and dispensaries;
  6. Airports and wharfs;
  7. Penitentiaries, police stations, fire stations and jails;
  8. Facilities related to public security and justice (places where justice is exercised).

D. Eligible expenses

In general, all costs necessary for the implementation of projects are eligible, including capital expenditures, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles, as well as all costs incurred for the completion of the project.

In the case of an eligible project with a business plan demonstrating the need for temporary financing for operating costs, a portion of the operating costs may be considered as eligible expenses.

The purchase price of lands is not eligible.

E. Determining of the financial assistance

The granted financial assistance may not exceed 50% of eligible expenses, allowing for exceptions.

F. Conditions of payment and reporting

In general, all authorized projects will be the subject of a funding agreement between the eligible organization and the Gouvernement du Québec. The agreement defines the consultation activities, conditions for the payment of financial assistance and commitments of the parties. Moreover, this agreement provides for a reporting process.

The Gouvernement du Québec agrees to finance the debt service of each project; it will repay the principal, interest payments and long-term debt costs to the financial institution that the nation, community or organization chose to finance its project.

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Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
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Last update: November 5, 2012
Online as of: November 2, 2012