ValueNew funding of $70 million added to the existing $120 million funding.
New funding of $70 million will be added to the provincial and territorial agreements of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to support ventilation improvement projects in public and community buildings. This funding will build upon the existing $120 million to support ventilation improvement projects in public buildings.
Funding for ventilation improvement projects will support provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments and Indigenous organizations to fund projects whose primary purpose is to increase outdoor air intake and/or increase air cleaning in order to help reduce the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Eligible projects will improve ventilation in public infrastructure assets that:
- Serve populations that are more susceptible to poor outcomes if they contract COVID-19 (e.g. long term care homes, friendship centers, shelters)
- With high occupancies (e.g. schools, congregate living housing)
- Where activities take place that are at higher risk of infectious aerosol particle generation (e.g. recreation or sports centers)
- Remain open through lockdown, or are the last to close when restrictions are increased, in order to continue to provide services (e.g. Libraries, buildings used as emergency shelters)
- Have been identified by public health authorities as higher risk for outbreaks based on local conditions
The following program requirements will apply to this funding:
- Project size, cost-sharing requirements, and completion deadlines will follow the COVID-19 Resilience stream, as described above.
- Project costs for ventilation improvement projects are retroactively eligible for funding and will apply to any eligible expenditures incurred after December 1, 2020. This is a time-limited parameter that applies to projects approved by March 31, 2022.
- Projects in schools will not be eligible to use the new funding of $70 million as federal funding support is being provided specifically for schools through the Safe Return to Class Fund.
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