Active Transportation Fund

Funding Guide |

Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods powered by human activity. Active transportation includes walking, cycling and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes and cross-country skis, and more.

The first-ever Active Transportation Fund will provide $400 million over five years to support a modal shift away from cars and toward active transportation, in support of Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy. The Active Transportation Fund will invest in projects that build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, in addition to supporting active transportation planning and stakeholder engagement activities.

Fund Goals

  • Improve community connections and promote social equity amongst vulnerable Canadians
  • Make travel by active transportation easier, more convenient and enjoyable, and enhance user safety and security
  • Encourage people to choose active transportation over personal vehicles (including supporting walking and cycling to access transit)
  • Contribute to long-term, sustainable, inclusive economic growth, while setting the foundation for achieving a more inclusive Canada and net-zero climate emissions by 2050
  • Support the Canadian economy through a reduction in congestion, the creation of jobs and enhanced access via active transportation modes to businesses

Eligible Projects

There are two streams of projects eligible for funding: capital projects and planning projects.
The maximum amount payable for a planning project will not exceed $50,000.

1. Planning and Design Projects (Grant Program)
Planning and design projects refer to the development or enhancement of formal active transportation
strategic planning documents or stakeholder engagement. This could entail the development of an
Active Transportation Strategy, that could support the National Active Transportation Strategy, or the
development of an active transportation component which can be added to other planning documents,
such as Official Community Plans, Sustainability Plans, and Transportation Plans. Eligible projects
• Research, including case studies, data collection initiatives, mapping of walkability and
bikeability, community audits/assessments;
• Public and/or stakeholder engagement and outreach, education programs;
• Policy development, including drafting objectives/actions for inclusion in community land use
and/or transportation plans;
• Feasibility studies, business cases, and detailed costing estimates relating to the design of a
project or program;
• Projects which support the implementation of Canada’s national active transportation strategy,
such as events raising awareness and encouraging adoption of active transportation.

2. Capital Projects (Contribution Program)
Capital projects refer to new infrastructure construction, enhancement of existing infrastructure, and
fixed design and safety features that encourage increased active transportation. Eligible capital projects
• Building or enhancing infrastructure for active transportation, such as multi-use paths, sidewalks,
footbridges, separated bicycle lanes, and connections to other roadways (this could include
nature trails and other infrastructure which could support recreation, so long as this infrastructure
can be demonstrated to reflect evaluation criteria);
• Enhancing active transportation infrastructure, including design considerations in which there
may be no net gain in kilometers of infrastructure, but quality improvements that support greater
• Building or enhancing design features and facilities which promote active transportation, such as
storage facilities, lighting, greenery, shade, and benches;
• Building or enhancing safety features which promote active transportation, such as crosswalks,
medians, speed bumps, and wayfinding signage.

How to Apply

Infrastructure Canada will be accepting applications for both the planning and capital funding streams of the Active Transportation Fund between January 27, 2022 and March 31, 2022 through the Applicant Portal. Applications for planning and capital projects from eligible Indigenous recipients will be accepted on an ongoing basis.