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The Canada Community-Building Fund

Canada Community-Building Fund

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The Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF) is a stable, predictable, and indexed source of funding provided up front to provinces and territories who, in turn, flow this funding to their communities. The funding allows local communities to make strategic investments in essential infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities.

The CCBF delivers over $2.4 billion every year to over 3600 communities across the country. Communities select how best to invest the funds, having the flexibility to make strategic investments across 19 different project categories:

  • public transit
  • wastewater infrastructure
  • drinking water
  • solid waste management
  • community energy systems
  • local roads and bridges
  • capacity building
  • highways
  • local and regional airports
  • short-line rail
  • short-sea shipping
  • resilience
  • broadband and connectivity
  • culture
  • tourism
  • sport
  • recreation
  • fire halls
  • brownfield redevelopment

These investments contribute to the development of Canada's housing supply by supporting infrastructure projects that align with regional housing goals, enable urban density, and help to improve housing affordability for Canadians. CCBF funding also contributes to the growth of strong cities and communities and promotes investments in increased productivity and economic growth and a clean environment. The renewed CCBF agreements tie access to CCBF funding to actions by provinces, territories, and municipalities to increase housing supply and affordability, where it makes sense to do so.

CCBF Administrative Agreements between the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories came into effect on April 1, 2024. These agreements will be in place until March 31, 2034. Through these agreements, the Government of Canada will invest $26.7 billion over the ten-year agreement period, ensuring that the CCBF continues to provide communities across Canada with a stable, predictable source of bankable funds to build core infrastructure.

CCBF program funding


The CCBF is a transfer-based program that provides $2.4 billion per year in funding to communities across Canada. This investment is indexed at 2% and delivered in $100 million increments. The funds are first transferred from the federal government to the provinces and territories who in turn distribute the funding to their communities.

Distribution of CCBF funds to agreement recipients is allocated on a per-capita basis, with some adjustments. The allocations are determined as follows:

  • Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, and Prince Edward Island receive base amounts representing 0.75 percent of the total annual CCBF funding amount.
  • Shares for Indigenous communities and the remaining nine provinces are then calculated based on proportionate census data and funds are allocated on a per-capita basis.
    • An allocation for the First Nations population on Reserve or on Crown Land in the ten provinces is provided directly to Indigenous Services Canada who combines CCBF funding with other sources of funding and administers the funds through the First Nations Infrastructure Fund program.
    • Indigenous populations other than First Nations and First Nations in the territories receive funding through their respective territory based on their status as recognized communities within their respective jurisdiction.
  • Funding distribution is adjusted every five years when new census data is available. The allocations for fiscal years 2024-25 through 2028-29 are based on 2021 Census data. Allocations for fiscal years 2029-30 through 2033-34 will be based on 2026 Census data.
  • Each province or territory develops its own formula for distributing funds to their communities. These measures are described in each of the Administrative Agreements signed by Canada and each province or territory.

Allocations for each province or territory, as well as actions to be taken to address housing needs, are confirmed annually through a letter from the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities to his or her counterparts. Funds are normally transferred in two equal payments, the first typically in early summer and the second before the end of the fiscal year.

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