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Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) | Alberta Municipal Affairs:


Varies. MSI Capital funding will average $722 million per year between 2021 and 2023.


Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) helps support local infrastructure priorities and build strong, safe and resilient communities.

Municipalities have been allocated $12.9 billion (including the Basic Municipal Transportation Grant) since the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) program launched in 2007. Communities have been able to build and rehabilitate:

  • roadways and bridges
  • water and wastewater systems
  • public transit facilities
  • recreation and sport facilities
  • other key local priorities

The MSI program is being extended until 2023-24, after which it will be replaced with the Local Government Fiscal Framework.

Eligible Applicants

All municipalities in Alberta are eligible for funding based on the terms set out in their long-term MSI funding agreement. For the purpose of municipal grants, improvement districts, special areas, Metis Settlements and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows are considered municipalities.

Municipalities determine projects and activities to be funded based on local priorities within the general criteria set out in the program guidelines and are encouraged to take a long-term approach to planning for capital projects. Municipalities may choose to contribute funds for use towards eligible MSI projects to other municipalities, regional services commissions or non-profit organizations.

Eligible Expenses

  • Eligible capital projects include municipal roads, bridges, public transit vehicles/facilities, emergency services facilities/equipment, water and wastewater systems, solid waste management facilities/equipment, regional and community airport facilities/equipment, and other municipal buildings such as recreation and sports facilities, libraries, public works buildings, and cultural and community centres
  • Eligible operating projects include capacity building activities that improve efficiency or effectiveness, municipal services, planning activities, and assistance to non-profit organizations.

To help municipalities in addressing financial pressures resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic, operating project eligibility has been expanded for the 2020 program year. See the 2020 Addendum to MSI Operating Program Guidelines for more information.

Deadline Date

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