The Fund will also support Canada's National Active Transportation Strategy, which has been launched in concert with the new initiative. The Strategy is meant “to promote the construction and use of pathways, trails and cycling lanes.” This is the first national strategy developed by the federal government and discusses how federal funding initiatives have been built to support the implementation of the Strategy nationwide.
The Active Transportation Fund opens doors for municipalities, Indigenous communities, NGOs, and other public-sector bodies to advance their current implementation plans. According to the Fund’s website: “Investing in active transportation will strengthen urban, suburban, rural and Indigenous communities across the country and deliver a better quality of life for all Canadians. Pathways and trails that make clean, green, and safe connections to public transit will make communities more healthy and livable, and will give every Canadian a role in helping us reach our net zero emissions goal.”
“We recommend that municipalities with no Active Transportation Master Plan or one in need of updating, seek funding to offset the cost of developing one first through the Active Transportation Fund. Planning projects are eligible for up to a $50,000 grant,” says Dave McLaughlin, Manager of the National Active Transportation Practice at WSP in Canada. “For municipalities that have a current (less than five years old) and council approved Active Transportation Master Plan, we recommend they identify one or more key projects that will have a major impact to improving connectivity and supporting growth in active transportation in their community. Collaborating with other levels of government and other stakeholders including not-for-profits is also highly recommended.”
Do you need guidance figuring out how you can access monies through the federal government’s Active Transportation Fund? Not sure which of your active transportation priorities would be best to put forward? Ready to take a look at how you can improve active transportation in your community?