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Federal Gas Tax Fund
The Canada-Manitoba Gas Tax Agreement signed in November 2005, committed $167.3 million in federal gas tax revenues to Manitoba municipalities between 2005 and 2009 for environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure. A further $267.6 million was provided through a four-year extension to the gas tax program starting in 2010.
In March 2014, Canada and Manitoba signed a new 10-year (2014–2023) Administrative Agreement for the transfer of Federal Gas Tax Funds. The new Agreement replaces the previous Gas Tax Agreements that expired March 31, 2014.
Manitoba's allocation will total $340.5M over the first 5-year period (2014–2018) and approximately $713M over the next 10 years.
The funding formula used to distribute gas tax funds is as follows:
90% will be allocated to all municipalities on a per capita basis;
9.5% will be allocated to the transit communities of Winnipeg and Brandon on a per capita basis;
0.25% will be allocated for the application-based Small Communities Transportation Fund; and
0.25% will be allocated to Manitoba’s administration expenses.
The new Agreement includes the establishment of the Small Communities Transportation Fund (SCTF) that will provide support for municipal transit, handi-transit and active transportation infrastructure. Program guidelines and application forms are available at the link below:
Under the terms of the Gas Tax Agreement, the Province is required to produce an annual gas tax implementation report each year by September 30th. The implementation report outlines the use of gas tax funds to the end of previous fiscal year.
The Agreement also requires all provincial and territorial governments to report on project outcomes. The 2014 Project Outcomes Report provides information on gas tax fund investments in projects between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012.