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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Transportation: Climate mitigation capital project grants

We provide grants for capital projects that lead to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions for transportation assets that are part of a municipal fleet such as police vehicles, snow plows and sanitation vehicles. We also provide grants for capital projects that reduce GHG emissions by enhancing existing transportation infrastructure such as bicycle paths and sidewalks (e.g. complete streets) or providing new transportation options.

On this page, find information about the types of initiatives eligible for funding, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, and deadlines. You will also find links to the application form and supporting documents.

Eligible initiatives

Eligible capital projects will address corporate or community GHG emissions at a site, or in a neighbourhood or region. These projects are designed to enable the adoption of a technology or solution that has the potential to reduce GHG emissions.

Examples of eligible capital projects

The following are examples of features that could be included in an eligible capital project:

  • Developing ways to reduce GHG emissions in existing municipal fleets. For example:

    • Switching to a cleaner fuel for a municipal fleet (e.g. from gasoline to electric vehicles or biogas-fueled vehicles)
    • Purchasing properly sized vehicles for various uses
    • Purchasing other assets (e.g. local waste compaction) that reduce use of municipal fleets
  • Reducing GHG emissions for an existing transportation network. For example:

    • Building active transportation infrastructure such as walking and cycling networks that promote accessibility and safety
    • Creating more walkable neighbourhoods with easier access to public transit options
    • Introducing street design elements such as wider sidewalks and installing on-road bike lanes that encourage different modes of transportation
  • Looking at ways to introduce new transportation options for residents of a municipality. For example:

    • Developing new transit options such as a new mini-bus, community taxi service or ride share or community bike share


Capital projects focused on a municipality's fleet should be designed to reduce GHG emissions by 20 per cent. The target of 20 per cent can be based on an existing baseline measurement. If there is no baseline (e.g. a new project or development) you can aim for your new project to produce 20 per cent fewer emissions than originally projected.

There is no target for projects focused on modal shift such as creating walking and cycling networks or wider sidewalks to encourage a shift away from driving.

If your capital project is not designed to reach this target, it may still be eligible for funding. Please contact an FCM advisor to discuss the funding opportunities available for your project.

Who can apply

  • Call for applications now open for Quebec municipalities only.
  • Municipal governments*
  • Municipal partners working in association with a municipal government*, which include:

    • Certain Indigenous communities that have a shared service agreement with a municipal government related to infrastructure, climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation
    • A regional, provincial or territorial organization delivering municipal services
    • A not-for-profit organization

Note: Private sector entities are not eligible as municipal partners.

*Climate change capital project grants are currently available to Quebec municipalities only. Learn more about climate change funding grants available to municipalities throughout the rest of Canada, as well as how to apply.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $750,000
  • Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs
  • Note: All eligible expenses must be incurred, and all reporting, including request for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by December 31, 2020.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until October 12, 2018. Limited funding is available.

How to apply

  1. Review eligible and ineligible costs
    Learn about the eligible and ineligible costs that can be included in the budget of your application.

    Note: Costs associated with preparing an application for this grant are not eligible for reimbursement.
  1. Review the project scorecard, which outlines criteria you can use to assess your project
    We recommend that you download the project scorecard to review the evaluation criteria and refer to it as you fill out your application. This will help strengthen your responses to each question.
  2. Complete the budget and workplan template
    Review and complete the budget and workplan template to include in your application. You will be directed to upload this Excel document as you fill out the application form.
  3. Complete the application form
    Download the application form for this grant: Climate change mitigation capital projects.

Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application.

Application review timeline and approval process

Learn more about the application review process, including timelines for approvals and funding decisions.

Quebec municipalities

FCM has an agreement with Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) that allows the ministry to review applications to MCIP before they are submitted to FCM. Quebec municipalities applying for funding from MCIP must follow the process below to submit their application to MAMOT.

Once you have completed all the steps in the How to apply section, submit your application by following the steps below.

Note that the content of the links is available in French only.      

  1. Save your application form using the appropriate file name
    Save the application form to your local device with the following filename: MIC_ "your municipality's name"_ "date" (YYMMDD). For example: MIC_TownofABC_180228.pdf     
  2. Login to the Portail gouvernemental des affaires municipales et régionales using your username and password. Select the program, "MAMOT - Programme Municipalités pour l'innovation climatique." 
  3. Upload and submit the application form through the portal. Note this is an external site.    
  4. Receive confirmation from MAMOT
    MAMOT assesses the applications to ensure that the projects submitted do not conflict with Quebec's government policies and directives. Once the assessment has been completed, MAMOT informs the applicant of their decision and sends compliant applications to MCIP for review.

    MAMOT requires up to 20 working days to review the application and forward it to MCIP. 
  5. Receive approval from MCIP
    MCIP will inform the applicant once they receive the application from MAMOT and review the submission. If the application is approved for funding, an agreement between FCM and the applicant is prepared.

For more information

Contact us

The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Page Updated: 31/07/2018