Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: How it Works

In response to questions from MFOA members on ICIP payments, the Ministry of Infrastructure has provided some background information

Through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the Province has nominated over 1,200 infrastructure projects across the transit, green, community, culture and recreation, COVID resilience, and rural and northern streams to the federal government for approval. Due to the shared nature of the program, there are many stages to this process, including submission of original applications to the province, provincial review and approval, and then nomination to the federal government.

  • Once the projects are nominated, they undergo a review and approvals process with the federal government to ensure alignment with the program objectives.
  • The entire process can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the volume of project submissions and size of the projects.
  • Once projects receive final federal approval, the Province works with the municipality to execute a transfer payment agreement.
  • Once an agreement is executed, claims may be submitted for review, processing, and approvals.

Once the project has received approval, the Recipient may then start filing their claims. The process to have a satisfactory claim can take days to months depending on the complexity of the claim, completeness and accuracy of the claim, and the time taken for follow-ups and corrections to be completed. This is due to audit and accountability requirements for the program, which are necessary to ensure program integrity and federal requirements are met. Once a claim is deemed fully satisfactory, the claim will move to payment. If you have questions, reach out to the ICIP delivery team for your respective program:
  • ICIP Green:
  • ICIP Transit:
  • ICIP Rural and Northern:

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