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General Program Information

Q. What are the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program in Ontario/Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC)?

A. Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided almost $12 billion in new stimulus funding to infrastructure across Canada over the past two years. This included $500 million over two years for the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program to support upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities. The federal allocation for Ontario is $195 million.

Ontario's 2009 provincial budget – Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future – provided $32.5 billion in infrastructure investments over the past two years, including $195 million for recreation infrastructure projects.

RInC/Ontario REC provided timely, targeted stimulus to the economy, through investments that spurred construction activity related to existing recreational infrastructure. Beyond economic stimulus and job creation, renewing, rehabilitating and modernizing our recreational infrastructure has the added benefit of encouraging higher levels of participation in physical activity and community building.

Q. Who administered the funding for recreational infrastructure in Ontario?

A. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario administered and delivered federal funding in Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure delivered provincial funding and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport was responsible for administering the program.

Q. Will any more recreational infrastructure funding be available?

A. No. These programs were intended to be a temporary, short-term economic stimulus measure.

Q. How much have the federal and provincial governments invested in recreational infrastructure in Ontario?

A. The governments of Canada and Ontario have invested more than $380 million in hundreds of recreational infrastructure projects. The federal and provincial governments each contributed up to one third of a project's total eligible cost, up to a maximum of $1 million each per project, with recipients providing the remaining balance.

Q. How many applications were received?

A. There was a great deal of interest in the program. Applicants submitted more than 1,500 applications with total project costs of more than $1.5 billion.

Q. How did you select projects for funding?

A. Projects were assessed based on the degree to which they met the program eligibility requirements and selection criteria, as outlined below:

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants under the RInC Program in Ontario and Ontario REC include:

  • A local or regional government established under provincial or territorial statute;
  • A public sector body that is wholly owned by an eligible recipient listed above;
  • A not-for-profit entity;
  • A provincial or territorial entity that provides municipal-type services to communities, as defined by provincial or territorial statue; and a,
  • A First Nation government, including a Band or Tribal council or its agent (including its wholly-owned corporation) on the condition that the First Nation has indicated support for the project and for the legally-designated representative to seek funding through a formal Band or Tribal Council resolution, or other documentation from self-governing First Nations.

Eligible Project Categories

Projects within the following eligible project categories were eligible for funding under the RInC Program in Ontario and Ontario REC. The following were the eligible project categories:

  • Arenas
  • Gymnasiums
  • Swimming pools
  • Sports fields
  • Parks, fitness trails, and bike paths
  • Tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts
  • Other multi-purpose facilities that have physical recreation activity as the primary rationale

Project Criteria

Eligible Projects were:

  • For the rehabilitation or repair of existing infrastructure, including new construction that adds to or replaces existing recreational infrastructure capacity;
  • Begun and materially concluded the construction before March 31, 2011 or October 31, 2011 for extended projects; and
  • Incremental (the project would not have occurred as proposed without support from the program). Project Selection

Projects Selection

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements described above, all eligible recipients were required to provide a description of the project benefits to inform the evaluation and selection of projects under the RInC Program in Ontario and Ontario REC. For projects that involved the rehabilitation of existing assets, such benefits could include: public health and safety, energy efficiency, accessibility and/or extending the economic life of the asset consistent with sound asset management principles. For projects that involved new construction at an existing facility, these benefits could have included: adding new public infrastructure for which there is a demonstrable need, replacing an existing asset that has reached the end of its useful life, but is still needed to provide public services, or improving the energy efficiency, accessibility, safety or quality of public infrastructure in a community.

Projects were assessed on the degree to which they meet the eligibility requirements described above as well as the following selection criteria.

  • Project readiness
  • Incrementality
  • Extent to which other funding was leveraged
  • Public health and safety
  • Energy efficiency
  • Accessibility
  • Extending the life of the infrastructure
  • Percentage of funding that could be spent in 2009/10

Q. Can applications still be submitted?

A. No. The deadline to submit applications was May 29, 2009 and the program is closed. All eligible projects have been approved and a list of funded projects is available on the RInC/Ontario REC website.

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Funding Recipients

Q. What costs are eligible for funding?

A. Reimbursed costs were considered to be direct and necessary for the successful implementation of a project – the contribution agreement referred to these costs as eligible costs. Some costs were excluded and were identified as ineligible costs agreements.

All eligible costs outlined below were reimbursed to the recipient following the signing of a contribution agreement.

  • The costs to rehabilitate or repair fixed capital assets of recreational infrastructure, including new construction that is either added to or replaced existing recreational infrastructure assets or capacity;
  • The fees paid to professionals, technical personnel, consultants and contractors specifically engaged to undertake the surveying, design, engineering, manufacturing or construction of a project infrastructure asset and related facilities and structures;
  • The costs of environmental assessments, monitoring and follow-up programs as required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act;
  • The costs of any public announcement and official ceremony, or of any temporary or permanent signage;
  • Other costs that were considered to be direct and necessary for the successful implementation of a project and that have been approved in advance; and
  • Incremental costs of the applicant's employees or direct costs were included under the following conditions:
    • the applicant is a local, regional or First Nations government;
    • the applicant satisfies the federal and provincial governments that it is not economically feasible to tender a contract;
    • employees or equipment are employed directly in respect of the work that would have been the subject of the contract; and
    • approved in advance and in writing.

Q. What costs are ineligible for funding?

A. Costs related to the following items were ineligible costs:

  • Project costs incurred before the project approval date, and after March 31, 2011 or October 31, 2011 for extended projects;
  • Movable equipment;
  • Services or works that are normally provided by the applicant or related party;
  • Routine maintenance and operation costs;
  • Overhead costs; and
  • Costs of feasibility and planning studies.

Q. What will happen to RInC/Ontario REC projects that were not completed by October 31, 2011?

A. The governments of Canada and Ontario are committed to ensuring that these projects are completed in a timely fashion. We will continue to work with Recipients to ensure they complete their projects and are compliant with their funding agreements. We encourage Recipients to contact their Program Consultant/Analyst if they have any questions.

Q. When is the deadline to submit final claims?

A. Final claims for non-extended projects were due on June 30, 2011 and projects that were extended to October 31, 2011 must have submitted final claims by January 31, 2012.

Q. What is substantial completion?

A.  Substantial completion means the project is ready for use or being used for its intended purposes. Substantial completion has the same meaning and shall be determined in accordance with how the term "substantially performed" is determined in subsection 2(1) of the Construction Lien Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.30, as amended, and "Substantial Completion" shall have a corresponding meaning.

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Q. I installed signage at the beginning of my project's construction. Now that my project is complete, how long should my signage remain installed?

A. Signs should remain installed at the project site for 90 days after construction is completed.

Q. What do I do with the signage once the 90-day period after the project construction has ended?

A. Please arrange for sign removal and recycling following the 90-day period. However, if any other funding partner has installed a sign on-site, the federal and provincial signs should remain installed until other such signs are removed.

Q. My project is now complete. Am I required to install a permanent plaque to recognize government funding?

A. You are not required to install a permanent plaque for your project to recognize the federal and provincial government funding. However, if you choose to do so please ensure that you contact your Program Consultant/Analyst who will direct you to communications officers that will help with the requirements and translation.

Q. The project is complete and I would like to arrange an official opening. How should I plan the event?

A. Schedule G of your Contribution Agreement describes your responsibilities and financial obligations related to communications. Please contact your Program Consultant/Analyst when considering an event and you will be directed to communications officers that will help you plan the event and arrange attendance of federal and provincial officials. Recipients must work with RInC/Ontario REC officials and partners to undertake these activities.

Q. We want to promote the completed project. What are the RInC/Ontario REC visual identity requirements?

A. Any information or promotional material related to the project should reference the project has been funded by both the federal and provincial governments.

The following language may be used:

This project has been supported by the Government of Canada through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario and by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Recreation Program.

If visual identifiers are used (the Canada wordmark and Ontario logo), they must be approved by the federal-provincial communications team. Contact your Program Consultant/Analyst who will direct you to communications officers that will provide further assistance.