Federal Canada Community Building Fund

A new agreement for the federal Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF) between Canada and Nova Scotia became effective April 1, 2014. This agreement represents a 10-year investment of an estimated $580 million in predictable and stable funding for local municipalities. The CCBF helps build and revitalize public infrastructure in Nova Scotia, while supporting the national objectives of a cleaner environment, stronger cities & communities, and productivity & economic growth.

Since 2015, NSFM has been providing support to the Province of Nova Scotia to administer the 2014-24 CCBF Agreement. NSFM focuses its efforts on helping municipalities meet the requirements for communications, signage and asset management. The aim of this collaboration is to provide valuable support and resources to municipalities and to raise the profile of federally-funded local initiatives.

The information provided here is a sampling of resources developed by NSFM. Municipalities are encouraged to visit the Department of Municipal Affairs’ website for the full range of CCBF information and resources.

The Canada Community-Building Fund: A Year in Review

To capture highlights from the 2020-21 fiscal year, NSFM developed the Canada Community-Building Fund: Year in Review to provide a graphical overview of the CCBF in Nova Scotia. It outlines key financial information, as well as highlights from local projects and asset management initiatives to demonstrate how municipalities are using the CCBF to support sustainable infrastructure investments in their communities.

Recent Canada Community-Building Fund Articles in NSFM’s Municipal Observer:

Double Helping of Federal Funding Supports Municipal Infrastructure Projects

Canada Community-Building Fund Project Spotlight: The Municipality of the County of Antigonish’s Market Street Water Tower & Utility Upgrade Project

Coming Soon: NSFM’s Infrastructure Spotlight Report: Local Successes from the Canada Community Building Fund

NSFM is developing the Infrastructure Spotlight Report to provide an overview of projects undertaken by Nova Scotia municipalities with support from the CCBF from 2014 to 2020. The report aims to demonstrate how municipalities are using this federal funding to benefit their communities. It also highlights best practices and innovation, providing a range of local municipal initiatives that support the national objectives of the CCBF.

NSFMs Infrastructure Spotlight Report is in the final stages of development, so please check back soon!

Canada Community-Building Fund Signage Reports

Municipalities are required to install temporary signs for all CCBF projects, as part of the terms of their Municipal Funding Agreement. To support municipalities in meeting this requirement, NSFM collects information on behalf of the Department of Municipal Affairs three times a year to develop reports that track the installation of CCBF project signs.

Details on the federal signage requirements can be found in the Infrastructure Project Sign Design and Installation Guidelines and on Infrastructure Canada’s website

Also, NSFM developed an overview of the guidelines, for your easy reference, which can be found here.