Rural Transit Solutions Fund

On August 3, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the Rural Transit Solutions Fund, the first federal fund to target the development of transit solutions in rural communities. It is making $250 million in federal funding available over 5 years, beginning in 2021, to support the development of locally-driven and right fit transit solutions that will help people living in rural communities get to work, school, health appointments, run errands and visit loved ones.

From on-demand services, to publicly-owned, electric vehicle ride shares, and volunteer community car-pooling, funding will help rural and remote, Northern and Indigenous communities and eligible organizations across Canada develop and offer new public transit options to their residents.

Eligible applicants can seek:

Grants of up to $50,000 in support of project planning and design;
Contributions up to $3 million to help cover capital costs (e.g. purchase of a vehicle or digital platforms); and up to $5 million to support clean transit solutions (e.g. for the purchase of a zero-emission vehicle(s)).

From August 6 – October 7, 2021, eligible applicants can apply to the Rural Transit Solutions Fund for a planning and design grant. Additionally in the coming weeks, eligible applicants will be able to apply to the Rural Transit Solutions Fund for a capital project. INFC expects to issue subsequent calls for proposals in 2022.

The Rural Transit Solutions Fund also supports reconciliation by improving the safety of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited individuals who live in rural and remote areas. A minimum of 10% of the total $250 million funding envelope will be allocated to Indigenous projects being led by and for Indigenous populations and communities.

For more information on the fund, please visit or for questions about the program or the application process, please contact Infrastructure Canada at .