June 18, 2007

Ottawa renews MOST program, provides $3.2M over five years

The federal government has renewed the Moving On Sustainable Transportation (MOST) program, allocating $3.2 million over five years with the first round of funding scheduled for the fall. Transport Canada's MOST program supports projects aimed at making sustainable transportation a reality. It provides funding for projects that help make the transportation system more sustainable; produce measurable environmental results; and provide practical tools to help make it easier for Canadians to incorporate sustainable transportation into their lives.

Eligible organizations include business and professional associations, environmental groups, community associations, academic institutions and Aboriginal organizations. The types of projects eligible for funding include:

*studies, analyses, or plans yielding strategic recommendations on sustainable transportation issues and initiatives;

*development of innovative sustainable transportation tools;

*small-scale pilot projects or demonstration projects that test new sustainable transportation approaches or alternatives; *replication of successful sustainable transportation initiatives in additional communities and customizing project details to the new location; and

*workshops and conferences that educate stakeholders (professionals employed in the field or managers and staff of sustainable transportation projects) on sustainable transportation.

Individual projects may receive up to a maximum of $150,000 over three years, and applicants must demonstrate that 50% of their eligible net costs are provided by other sources. Project proposals are screened against detailed eligibility criteria. Proposals that meet the initial requirements are sent to an independent advisory committee for further review and recommendations, with final funding decisions made by Transport Canada.

More information on the MOST program is available on-line at www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/most/menu.htm.

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