VICTORIA, B.C. – The British Columbia government has guaranteed $36 million for active infrastructure projects, such as bike paths, over the next three years.

The Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant program aims to create more liveable and sustainable communities throughout B.C., says the province.

The application window is open from June 24th to July 30th, 2021.

“Investing in active transportation infrastructure is about even more than supporting safe cycling – it’s also about connecting people and communities,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of State for Infrastructure. “These grants will help enable healthier, more liveable communities of all sizes.”

The province is teaming up with Indigenous, local and regional governments to develop cost-sharing investments for active transportation infrastructure.

Examples of projects under the ATIG program include the multi-use pathways installed in 2020 in Fort St. John, the 96th Street multi-use pathway in 2019, the 93rd Avenue multi-use path in 2018, and the East Bypass in 2005.

Applicants can receive up to $500,000, determined by a cost-share sliding scale that supports Indigenous communities and communities with a smaller population tax base.

Indigenous community or local governments working in partnership with Indigenous communities are eligible for up to 80 per cent of provincial funding.

For communities under 15,000 residents, the province will fund up to 70 per cent of the project.

Communities between 15,000 and 25,000 can get up to 60 per cent of their project funded by the province, and for populations over 25,000, the province will fund up to 50 per cent of the project cost.