Bill 47 – An Act to ensure the implementation of certain measures of the 2020-2024 partnership between the Government of Québec and municipalities was assented to in the National Assembly on December 11, 2019, creating the Fonds régions et ruralité (FRR).
The FRR has four components.
In continuity with the Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des régions (FARR) (2016-2020), this component is designed to support projects whose benefits extend beyond the territory of an RCM. It supports the Strategy to ensure the occupation and vitality of the territories, which stems from the Act to ensure the occupation and vitality of the territories (RLRQ, chapter O-1.3). The annual envelope is $50 million, divided among the administrative regions.
For 2020-2021, $3,091,293 has been granted by the Québec government to support structuring projects that meet the Outaouais’ five priorities. In particular, the initiatives submitted must have an impact on the territory of more than one regional county municipality, based on regional priorities.
Eligible organizations will be able to apply for financial assistance on the website of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH) as of Monday, August 17, until September 11, 2020.
The Outaouais’ five priorities are as follows:
- Catching up with the region’s historical backlog in health and social services, education and economic development.
- Foster strong and sustainable community development based on solidarity and a strong link between rural and urban areas.
- Build a strong regional identity.
- Foster resilience to climate change by ensuring sustainable development.
- Develop the economy and improve the competitive position with respect to the border situation through innovation and diversification.
The following organizations will be eligible:
All applicants are eligible for financial assistance, with the exception of private companies in the financial sector and financial cooperatives.
However, organizations listed in the Register of Enterprises Not Eligible for Government Contracts are not eligible. The Minister may refuse any application from an otherwise eligible organization if it is involved in a dispute with the Government of Québec or if it is in default of its obligations to the Minister under an Act administered by the Minister, a regulation thereunder or an agreement.
You can access information specific to the Outaouais by consulting the Regional Management section of the program on the MAMH website.
RELATED LINKS :
For general information on the RIF: https://www.mamh.gouv.qc.ca/developpement-territorial/programmes/fonds-regions-et-ruralite-frr/
For program management in the Outaouais: https://www.mamh.gouv.qc.ca/developpement-territorial/fonds-et-programmes/fonds-regions-et-ruralite-frr/volet-1-soutien-au-rayonnement-des-regions/gestion-regionale/