The Capital Facilities and Maintenance (CFM) program within Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is the main pillar of the Government of Canada’s effort to support community infrastructure for First Nations on reserve.
The program’s funding, which totals over $1 billion per year, is invested in four main areas: housing, education, water and wastewater systems, and other infrastructure (roads and bridges, fire protection, electrification, community facilities, etc.).
The main objectives of the CFM program are to make investments that:
- Maximize the life cycle of physical assets
- Mitigate health and safety risks
- Ensure assets meet applicable codes and standards
- Ensure assets are managed in a cost-effective and efficient manner
The program has three funding streams – operations and maintenance (O&M), minor capital (for projects under $1.5 million) and major capital (for projects over $1.5 million).
Major capital projects are subject to the department’s national priority ranking framework.The framework’s priorities are:
- Protection of health and safety and assets (assets require upgrading or replacement to meet appropriate standards)
- Health and safety improvements (upgrades of existing assets, new construction/acquisition projects to mitigate an identified significant risk to health and safety)
- Recapitalization/major maintenance (extend the useful operating life of a facility or asset, or maintain the original service level of the asset)
- Growth (anticipated community growth requiring new housing, roads, schools, community buildings, etc.)
The CFM program’s funding is managed through regional five-year capital plans, which list specific projects the region plans to undertake, subject to the availability of funding. It is made up of projects identified by First Nations in their capital plans and other specific projects that First Nations identify throughout the year. INAC’s National Capital Management Board and Regional Investment Management Boards oversee CFM program investments.
Contact: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – British Columbia | 1-800-567-9604 | Infopubs@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca