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Transportation infrastructure

By Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

This component of the Initiative for the development of regional economic infrastructure in Quebec aims to support construction, modernization or expansion of transportation infrastructure (airport, rail, port) projects which benefit SMEs and strengthen the regional economic ecosystem. A minimum of $10 million will be invested in this component, through the QEDP.


Eligibile Clients

  • Municipalities and regional county municipalities (RCMs)
  • Municipal corporations
  • NPOs that are owners or managers of transportation infrastructure
  • NPOs located on the site of a transportation infrastructure
  • Band Councils, Indigenous administrations and authorities, or other Indigenous organizations
  • Airports that accommodate less than 3,000,000 passengers per year.

Examples of non-eligible clients

  • Retail businesses, e.g., clothing stores, grocery stores and automobile maintenance and sales
  • Food services, e.g. restaurants, cafés
  • Transportation services
  • Housing construction
  • Daycare services
  • Hair and beauty salons
  • Nightclubs, bars, cabarets

If you are among the non-eligible clients, we invite you to consult our network of partners that may be able to help you.

Activities that can be supported

Examples of eligible activities

  • Construction, modernization or expansion of hangars (including loading docks), industrial parks or industrial motels that are integrated into existing airport, rail or port facilities or that enhance or improve them
  • Strictly for airports, runway extensions or expansion of de-icing areas, expansion of air terminals and hangars, if the business plan demonstrates the need and the direct impact on SMEs

Examples of non-eligible activities

  • For ports, any activity related to wharfs (construction, repairs, expansion, etc.)
  • Projects related to parking lots
  • Projects related to safety operations and equipment
  • Subsequent phases of a multi-phase project
  • Studies, plans, etc.

Selection criteria

  • Projects carried out in municipalities of less than 200,000 inhabitants may be given priority.
  • The project must meet the objective of the initiative and of the component.
  • Only one project per client.
  • The project must be completed by March 31, 2023.
  • The project must generate direct and measurable economic spinoffs in the short- or medium-term (e.g., increased exports).
  • The link between the project and the SMEs and its benefits must be clearly demonstrated in the business plan (the project must be able to service several existing SMEs – exceptionally, it could attract new business, and it must make it possible to increase SMEs’ access to the region’s major external markets).
  • Projects must not have received financial assistance under any other federal capital assistance program.
  • Project must be priorities in their communities (e.g., demonstrate that the project stems from a regional development strategy or plan).
  • For projects consisting of several phases:
    • CED will fund only one phase of a project that meets the above-mentioned criteria and whose results are not conditional to the completion of other phases of the project.
  • The following criteria can also be considered:
    • The project must be “shovel-ready” and its financing package must be confirmed.
    • Projects that require a lesser percentage of federal funding (participation of other funders).

Main analysis criteria

Projects will also be reviewed based on general analysis criteria, including:

  • expected results;
  • viability of your organization;
  • technical and financial management capacity of your organization;
  • partner contributions in financial resources or professional services;
  • level of risk.

Financial assistance

Types of assistance

  • Repayable contribution
  • Non-repayable contribution for non-profit projects
  • Maximum of $7 millions per project

Rate of assistance

  • Up to 50% of the project’s authorized costs. Exceptions may be granted depending on the business plan submitted by the proponent and on whether the need is justified.

Submit a project

Consult the Project submission guide to find out how to submit a project and apply for financial assistance.

To find out whether this type of project is targeted in your region, or for any other question related to this initiative, contact an advisor from your business office. The advisor will be able to inform and advise you or guide you in delivering your project, while considering the action priorities in your region and the availability of CED funding.

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