Trail Funding Program: Greenway Development Stream


The Greenway Development Stream was designed to support planning and construction projects along the Trans Canada Trail that will increase and improve active transportation within the network, via greenway development, and improve the safety and comfort of users. This stream will help to ensure both the sustainability and integrity of the network and to minimize the Trail being closed or rerouted at any given time.


  • All applications must meet the general eligibility requirements outlined in Section 2 of the Trail Funding Program’s Framework
  • Applicants must confirm that all applicable codes, bylaws and regulations pertinent to the project and region will be met
  • Applicants must provide valid proof of liability insurance, as it pertains to the section of the Trail where the project is taking place
  • Applicants must fill out the eligibility questionnaire at the beginning of the application form, and provide any additional information required
  • Project application MUST pertain to a section of the Trans Canada Trail that is currently on roadway and must include work to improve safety of that roadway or realign the trail to a new or improved active transportation corridor

Financial support

Planning and design phases

Trans Canada Trail may provide financial support for consultations, design, planning or studies (engineering, environmental impact assessments, etc.). All studies that receive a contribution from Trans Canada Trail must be a precursor to a construction or improvement project; however, an approved contribution for design, planning or studies does not guarantee financial support from Trans Canada Trail for the construction phase of the project.

Construction phases

Trans Canada Trail may provide financial support for the construction phase of a project through this stream based on the nature of the project and eligible expenses. Construction projects must be completed within two years of the original funding allocation year (it is recommended to phase multi-year projects).

The maximum contribution amounts for planning, design and construction phases are limited to:

  • Total project costs between $10,000 and $25,000 may be funded up to $7,500
  • Total project costs between $25,001 and $75,000 may be funded up to $15,000
  • Total project costs between $75,001 and $150,000 may be funded up to $30,000
  • Total project costs over $150,000 may be funded up to $60,000
  • There is a maximum contribution of $120,000 per project (if approved, payments made over two years)

Example of eligible project

Greenway development beside a tennis court

Planning and design

  • Design, consultation and planning for:
    • Environmental assessments
    • Geotechnical studies
    • Cycling route improvements
    • Roadway crossings
    • Safety improvements
  • Infrastructure design, consultation and planning for:
    • Active transportation design or improvements
    • Street improvements
    • New greenway trails


  • Creation of a reserved bike lane or addition of cycling infrastructure that increases cycling safety
  • Connection of the Trail to public transportation facilities, urban centres, schools and industrial zones to enable the safe development of active transportation
  • Reconfiguration of an intersection to facilitate crossing for trail users
  • Implementation of trail designs that limit the speed of users
  • Small scale trail improvements to adapt to new active transportation technologies
  • Construction of parallel trail division intended to separate and protect active modes of transportation from motorized traffic

Deadline: April 5, 2024

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