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Grants to Nova Scotia Municipalities for Significant Infrastructure Projects

Provincial Capital Assistance Program (PCAP)


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Funding Source
Province of Nova Scotia
Department of Municipal Affairs
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Nova Scotia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/07/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Nova Scotia municipalities for significant local infrastructure projects. Interested applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for activities and projects that improve infrastructure related to the local water supply, sewage disposal, and solid waste management.

The Provincial Capital Assistance Program supports investment in high priority municipal infrastructure projects. Municipalities can apply for funding from the Provincial Capital Assistance Program to help reduce the cost of infrastructure projects. Funding priority will be given to projects designed to eliminate serious environmental and health problems (actual and potential) and projects that address critical capacity issues.

Eligible project types: 

  • Construction or expansion of facilities for the treatment and disposal of sanitary sewage;
  • Construction of sanitary sewage collection systems;
  • Construction of storm sewer systems;
  • Installation of individual and communal in-ground sewage disposal facilities within a Wastewater Management District;
  • Construction of water intake, treatment, pumping, and storage facilities;
  • ¬†Wellfield exploration and development
  • Installation of water transmission and distribution systems;
  • Construction, acquisition, upgrading, or expansion of solid waste management facilities and equipment;
  • Municipal infrastructure engineering and research studies related to eligible project categories.

Eligible Costs:

The following components of an eligible project qualify for cost sharing under PCAP:

  • Engineering
    • Cost of preliminary engineering studies
    • Cost of preparing design drawings and specifications
    • Cost of construction inspection and administration
  • Construction/Equipment
    • Cost of construction and equipment acquisition as per plans and specifications
  • Land
    • Cost of acquiring land and property easements


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This program is available exclusively to Nova Scotia municipalities.

Not allowed: using PCAP grant funds for expenses already funded by other funding programs.

Ineligible project costs include:
- Interim financing costs
- Employment costs
- Equipment and furniture purchases

Pre-Application Information
You need to apply for funding by 7 June 2023.

Contact the Provincial Capital Assistance Program to discuss your project idea.

Department of Municipal Affairs reviews applications after the submission deadline. It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Municipal Affairs to let applicants know if their application is approved. It can take longer if more information is needed or if an application has been filled in incorrectly.

PCAP grants may be used in combination with funds from other grant programs unless doing so is prohibited by the other program. All grants supporting the project must be clearly delineated in the project proposal.

The applicant MUST pay the full amount of invoices no later than March 31, 2024 in order for the Province to release the final funding portion committed. Invoices must be dated no later than March 31, 2024.


Estimated Size of Grant
The Provincial Capital Assistance Program may fund up to 50% of eligible costs for each project.

Contact Information
Once the application is completed, it must be emailed including any attachments to the program email

For More Information, please contact:
PCAP Program Administration
Department of Municipal Affairs
1505 Barrington Street, Floor 8 N
PO Box 216, Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

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