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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Transportation: Climate mitigation studies funding

We provide grants for climate change mitigation studies that assess the feasibility of projects that could lead to greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from municipal fleet and transportation at large.

We fund two types of studies:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Operational studies

On this page, find information about the types of initiatives that are eligible for funding and requirements, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, deadlines, as well as the application form and supporting documents.

Eligible initiatives

Feasibility studies

A feasibility study assesses the technical and financial feasibility of a specific project to reduce or avoid GHG emissions. It uses a verifiable evaluation process that leads to a recommended course of action.

Examples of eligible feasibility studies

A range of projects and approaches will be considered eligible for funding, such as the following examples:

  • Developing ways to reduce GHG emissions in existing municipal fleet:

    • Switching the fuel type for municipal fleets.
    • Replacing vehicles in a fleet.
    • Purchasing properly-sized vehicles for various uses.
  • Exploring ways to reduce GHG emissions for an existing transportation network:

    • Evaluating active transportation infrastructure such as walking and cycling networks that promote accessibility and safety.
    • Creating more walkable and transit integrated neighbourhoods as part of a Complete Communities strategy.
    • Introducing Complete Streets design elements such as adopting wider sidewalks and installing new on-road bike lanes.
  • Looking at ways to introduce new transportation options for residents of a municipality: 

    • Developing new transit options such as a new mini-bus, community taxi service or community bike share.
    • Adding new hybrid buses to a fleet.

Targets for feasibility studies

Feasibility studies focused on a municipality's corporate assets or fleets should be designed to reach the target of 20 per cent reduction in GHG emissions. This can be based on an existing baseline or from projected emissions for new transit developments. For feasibility studies focused on modal shift (e.g. walking and cycling networks, wider sidewalks), there is no target.

If your study 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 study.

Operational studies

An operational study 1) assesses the actual or potential benefit of changing the way a municipal service is delivered and managed or 2) enables research to support such a change.

Examples of eligible operational studies

  • Determining the impact of a driver training program on GHG reductions.
  • Evaluating the impact of reducing the frequency of waste collection on GHG emissions.
  • Assessing potential uptake for new bus/taxi service in the community.
  • Studying the introduction of shared-economy services such as Uber.

Targets for operational studies

There are no targets for operational studies.

Don't see your study listed here? Contact us!

Do you have another type of project with the potential to reduce GHG emissions in your municipality? We will consider a range of projects and approaches that accomplish this goal. Contact an FCM advisor to discuss your project and find out if it is eligible for funding.

Who can apply 

Feasibility studies

  • Municipal governments (except applicants from Quebec*)
  • Municipal partners working in partnership 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.
    • Regional, provincial or territorial organizations delivering municipal services.
    • Not-for-profit organizations.

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

Operational studies

Only municipal governments can apply for operational studies.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $175,000
  • Funding for up to 80 per cent of eligible costs

Application deadline

Applications are accepted year-round. The last date to submit an application is January 31, 2020.

Note: All eligible expenses must be incurred, and all reporting, including request for disbursements, must be submitted to FCM by February 28, 2021.

Contact us before you apply

We encourage all applicants to contact an FCM advisor to ensure that your project is eligible for funding. Our advisors can answer questions regarding eligibility, funding or the application process.

  • Email us
  • Call us toll-free: 1-877-997-9926
  • In the Ottawa-Gatineau region: 613-907-6208

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.
  2. Review the project scorecard with evaluation criteria for self-assessment
    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.
  3. 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 complete the application form.
  4. Complete the application form
    Download the application form for this grant: Climate change mitigation studies and climate change adaptation studies

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 are currently not permitted to receive funding from FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

FCM is working with the province of Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) to find a solution that will provide Quebec municipalities access to MCIP funding as soon as possible.

** Not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities in Quebec can still access funding from the two programs if they meet the necessary eligibility criteria.

Please contact an FCM advisor should you have additional questions about FCM or to learn if your project would be eligible for funding through other FCM programs such as the Green Municipal Fund.

Should you have further questions about MAMOT's decision and programs available to Quebec municipalities please contact MAMOT.

The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a new 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: 21/08/2017