First Nation Infrastructure Fund

Funding for First Nation communities to improve community infrastructure

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About the program

The First Nation Infrastructure Fund (FNIF) helps First Nation communities improve and increase public infrastructure to improve the quality of life and the environment for First Nation communities.

The FNIF supports a wide range of infrastructure projects that are on reserve, Crown land or land set aside for the use and benefit of First Nations. The FNIF targets infrastructure categories with long-standing community needs.

Off-reserve projects can be considered if they are cost-shared with non-First Nation partners, such as nearby municipalities or other Indigenous partners.

The FNIF was created as a complementary source of funding to the Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program and includes eight categories of eligible infrastructure projects:

  1. planning and skills development
  2. solid waste management
  3. roads and bridges
  4. energy systems
  5. connectivity
  6. structural mitigation (previously disaster mitigation)
  7. fire protection
  8. cultural and recreational facilities

Who can apply?

First Nation communities can apply through their First Nation Infrastructure Investment Plan.

For more details, consult the First Nation Infrastructure Fund Program Guide 2016-2018.


The deadline to submit your First Nation Infrastructure Investment Plan is in the fall of each year. There is no deadline to receive FNIF funding.

How to apply

There is no need to apply. Projects are identified, reviewed and selected by INAC, based on the First Nation Infrastructure Investment Plans.

Contact your INAC regional office to learn more.

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