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Building Canada Fund – Communities Component


Circular No. 09:08
ARCS File#: 195-20


March 10, 2009
To: All Chief Administrative Officers, Engineers and Planners
Building Canada Fund – Communities Component


The Building Canada Fund – Communities Component (BCF-CC) has been streamlined to reduce the type and amount of information required to support a request for funding assistance. Changes can be noted in the BCF-Online Program Guide - Communities Component at As well, Recreational Infrastructure has now been added as an eligible project category. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is the lead Ministry on this category.

There are two deadlines for submitting project applications online: March 16, 2009 and April 24, 2009. Applications received by March 16, 2009 will be considered during the first round of approvals while applications received by April 24, 2009 will be considered in a subsequent round of approvals. Also note: applications not approved from the September 30, 2008 intake may be rolled over into this 2009 intake by making this request in writing to the appropriate Ministry. This will count toward the limit of applications submitted during the 2009 intake.

The 2009 intake will include all project categories denoted by the Ministry responsible:

Ministry of Community Development 

  • Drinking Water
  • Wastewater
  • Green Energy Infrastructure
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Collaborative Projects

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Local Road
  • Shortline Rail
  • Short Sea Shipping
  • Tourism
  • Public Transit
  • National Highway System
  • Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment
  • Culture
  • Sport
  • Connectivity and Broadband
  • Regional & Local Airports
  • Disaster Mitigation
  • Recreation (newly added)

All applications must be submitted electronically using the online application in the “Shared Information Management System for Infrastructure” (SIMSI), which can be found at:

To be assigned a username and password to access this SIMSI online application, local governments must email a request to the Ministry of Community Development at If you are a non-governmental organization you must contact Ministry of Transportation at Once you sign on to SIMSI, you will be prompted to enter a new password only known to you. Please remember the new password or contact the Ministry of Community Development if you forget.

For further information about this program, please visit the BCF-CC website at

If you need further information about the BCF-CC funding program, please contact the:

  • Ministry of Community Development by telephone: 250 387-4060 or email:
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure by telephone: 250 952-0688 or email:


Original signed by:
Glen Brown
Executive Director
Local Government Infrastructure and Finance

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