FEDERAL GAS TAX FUND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
This FAQs document is meant to be a living resource and information will be added as required. Any questions about this document can be directed to Rene Frigault, Planning & Development Officer, Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) at or (902) 424-2088.
TEMPLATE LETTER FOR TRANSFERRING GAS TAX FUNDS TO A 3RD PARTY OR NON-MUNICIPAL ENTITY
The Department of Municipal Affairs prepared a template letter that municipalities can use when entering into an agreement with a 3rd party (non-municipal) entity to transfer gas tax funds for eligible projects. As detailed in the 2014-24 Municipal Funding Agreements (MFA), a municipality can decide to support a non-municipal entity (a not-for-profit, for profit or non-governmental organization) to undertake a project that is for “public use or benefit in Nova Scotia”. The following is Section 2.6 of the MFA, which provides details on the process for funding a non-municipal entity:
2.6 Transfer of Funds to a Non-Municipal Entity. A Municipality can choose to support an Eligible Project using GTF Funds that is to be undertaken by a Non-Municipal Entity provided that the project is for public use or benefit in Nova Scotia and is subject to the following:
- The provision of such support shall be authorized by a formal resolution of Council. The resolution is to be submitted to Nova Scotia as soon as practicable thereafter. The resolution of Council shall identify the Eligible Project, the Non-Municipal Entity, and the amount of Funds they are to receive for that Eligible Project.
- The Municipality shall continue to be bound by all of the provisions of this MFA notwithstanding any such transfer.
- No transfer of Funds pursuant to this Section 2.6 shall be in effect unless and until the Non-Municipal Entity receiving the Funds has executed and delivered to Nova Scotia a written undertaking to abide by the Municipality’s obligations under this MFA with respect to the Funds transferred, in a form satisfactory to Nova Scotia.
If you have any questions about the eligibility of a non-municipal entity project or the process for transferring gas tax funds, please contact:
ASSET MANAGEMENT RESOURCES
Resources developed by municipal associations & municipalities:
- The Association of Municipalities Ontario: http://www.amo.on.ca/AMO-Content/Asset-Management/Asset-Management.aspx
- Alberta Urban Municipalities Association: http://www.auma.ca/advocacy-services/programs-initiatives/asset-management
- The City of Ottawa’s Asset Management Framework Policy: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/accountability-and-transparency/corporate-planning-and-performance-management-0
- City of Hamilton’s Asset Management Plan: http://www2.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/812CACE9-0736-4A0A-8056-BB2E8D25543B/0/COH_AM_Plan.pdf
- City of Cambridge’s Asset Management Plan: www.assetmanagementab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/City-of-Cambridge-Asset-Management-Plan.pdf
Other asset management associations & resources:
- Asset Management British Columbia (AMBC): http://www.assetmanagementbc.ca/
- AMBC’s Asset Management Roadmap: www.assetmanagementbc.ca/documents/?path=AM_Roadmap
- Asset Management Primer: www.canadainfrastructure.ca/downloads/circ_asset_management_primer_EN.pdf
- Atlantic Infrastructure Management (AIM) Network: www.aimnetwork.ca
- Canadian Network of Asset Management: cnam.ca/about-us/
- Canadian Infrastructure Report Card: www.canadainfrastructure.ca/en/
- Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA): ipwea.org
- Institute of Asset Management (IAM): theiam.org
- Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network: http://www.omkn.ca/OMKN-Content/Asset-Management-Toolkit/AMO-OMKN-Toolkit-Gtuides