Accessibility Tools

Research and Knowledge Initiative (Housing & Infrastructure)

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada
Description: Funds projects related to housing, infrastructure and communities. To improve our understanding of housing and infrastructure to find solutions essential to build and maintain livable, resilient communities.
Example(s): Development of research or data-driven papers, reports or other products (e.g., needs assessments.) Translation of research findings (such as a housing needs assessment)  into policy-relevant analysis and recommendations (e.g., identification of best practices, analysis of case studies).
Deadline: February 9, 2024.
Contact: RKI-IRC@infc.gc.ca 

Residential Building Official Qualification

Department - Organization: Nova Scotia Building Officials Association (NSBOA) & the Province of Nova Scotia
Description: The province has provided NSBOA with $400,000 to increase access to the specialized training and certification needed to be a qualified building official in Nova Scotia. The funding will be used to train a minimum of 15 individuals to the Residential Building Official Qualification. NSBOA is requesting applications for the purposes of selecting participants. Applications may be submitted by jurisdictions that have eligible candidates. For the purposes of selection, the demand for Building Officials in Nova Scotia will need to be established by jurisdiction. Each municipality, county, district, or town must convey their demand in the ‘For Municipalities Only’ section of the application form.
All candidates must meet the NSBOA Regular Membership prerequisites:
  • Two years post-secondary education in a construction-related field and /or, A Red Seal in a trade,
  • Knowledge of the National Building Code and / or, Equivalent experience in the construction industry or similar field.
Deadline: March 1st, 2024.
Website: There is no website, please email or use the following documents: A) Letter, B) Application.

Affordable Housing and Innovation Fund

Department - Organization: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association
Description: The Affordable Housing Innovation Fund supports new ideas that will drive change and disrupt the industry – ideas and approaches that will evolve the affordable housing sector and create the next generation of housing in Canada. The Rent-to-Own stream of the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund is for housing providers interested in developing, testing and scaling innovative rent-to-own models and projects.
Deadline: CMHC accepts and reviews applications on a continual basis and funding announcements are made on a periodic basis.
Example Project: Incremental financing models and incremental building models. Such as the creation of shipping container affordable housing units which met net-zero specifications. The development of tiny homes for homeless veterans.

Green Municipal Fund

Department - Organization: Infrastructure Canada/Federation of Canadian Municipalities 
Description: GMF provides local sustainability projects that help municipalities adopt climate solutions faster in five priority sectors: energy, waste, transportation, land use and water. The funding can cover between 50 and 80 percent of the eligible project costs. There are grants to support projects in all stages, planning, studies, pilot projects, and capital projects. You can use their Funding Opportunity Finder Funding Opportunity Finder to search for applicable funding under the GMF.
Example(s): Sustainable Affordable Housing: Improve the energy efficiency and affordability of your community’s affordable housing unit.
Deadline: Continuous
Contact: gmfinfo@fcm.ca

National Housing Co-Investment Funding

Department - Organization: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association
Description: This fund is for organizations that have partnered with another organization of a level of government and have secured some funding. The objective is to develop energy-efficient, accessible, and socially inclusive housing for mixed-income, mixed-tenure and mixed-use affordable housing. (Minimum 5 units). Community and affordable housing, shelters, transitional and supportive housing. Two streams: 1) New Construction and 2) Repair and Renewal. Within both streams, projects must achieve a minimum 25% decrease in energy consumption and GHG emissions as compared to the same project designed to 2015 National Building Code. Loans of up to 95% and contributions of up to 30%. Loans prioritized; contribution option only considered if loans are not feasible (i.e. shelters). Contributions are also available as a top-up for projects already receiving loans from other sources.
Deadline: Currently accepting applications

Currently Closed. Next Intake TBD:

Housing Accelerator Fund

Department - Organization: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association
Description: The Housing Accelerator Fund provides incentive funding to local governments encouraging initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply. It also supports the development of complete, low-carbon and climate-resilient communities that are affordable, inclusive, equitable and diverse. HAF rewards applications that drive change within the local government's control. This can involve making changes to land use planning and development approvals processes, such as amending bylaws or implementing programs that expedite housing permits in both the short and long term. A list of example initiatives can be found in the pre-application material on the website.
Deadline: Applications closed in August 2023. It is unknown if there will be a second round.

Municipal Capital Growth Program

Department - Organization: Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: The program supports investment in municipal infrastructure projects. Municipalities and villages can apply for funding from the Municipal Capital Growth Program to help reduce the cost of infrastructure projects that support the province’s growing population.
Example(s): Brownfield Redevelopment: Demolition, remediation, and earthworks as required to enable residential development. Extension of services to remediated, vacant or underutilized land.
Deadline: Closed December 13th, 2023
Information Session: November 14th, 1:00 pm AST. Email MCGP@novascotia.ca for the link

Sustainable Development Goals Program

Department - Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada 
Description: In September 2015, Canada and 192 other UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a 15-year global framework centred on an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes areas applicable to municipalities, such as sustainable cities and communities, decent work and economic growth, clean water and sanitation,.
There are two streams to the funding program, 1) Grants, 2) Contributions. The Grants stream of this Call for Proposals will fund projects that increase public awareness, share best practices or lessons learned that support and enhance Canada’s progress on the 2030 Agenda, particularly within equity-deserving groups and groups or individuals in vulnerable situations. Up to $200,000 for a project that is up to 24 months (maximum $100,000 per fiscal year). The Contributions stream of this Call for Proposals will fund projects that aim to localize SDGs in communities. Funded projects will adapt, employ, and monitor progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the local level and will measure and report on the SDGs.  Up to $900,000 for a project that is up to 36 months (maximum $300,000 per fiscal year)
Example: By the Governors of Saint-Francis Xavier University: This project addresses the barriers of affordable housing in Nova Scotia. It leads a grassroots community consultation using the SDGs as a blueprint to frame the discussions. It addresses the factors that influence the housing needs of people living on low-incomes and marginalized populations. 
Deadline:  January 12, 2024

 

If you can't find a grant that suits your needs, please reach out. Similarly, if you are applying to any of the listed opportunities, I am readily available to provide assistance throughout the application process.

Lucy MacLeod

Lucy MacLeod,
Fund Navigator
lmacleod@nsfm.ca