Applying to the Enhanced Road Safety Transfer Payment Program (ERSTPP) – 2023 to 2026 Call for Proposals

Eligibility requirements

Eligible recipients

Eligible recipients to be considered for funding of the ERSTPP include:

  • provinces and territories, including provincially and territorially-owned entities
  • municipalities, including local and regional governments and municipally-owned entities
  • public sector organization
  • not-for-profit and for-profit private sector organizations, including those organizations with headquarters outside of Canada
  • Indigenous governments, tribal councils and other forms of regional government, nationally or regionally representative Indigenous organizations, and/or Indigenous development corporations
  • academia
  • individuals

Eligible activities

Funding will be considered for the following eligible activities if the proposed project directly contributes to the ERSTPP's objectives:

  • education and training
  • building enforcement capacity
  • collection of uniform, complete, timely road safety related information and data
  • research activities to develop public policy development, revise non-federal safety regulations, etc.
  • development and improvement of current technology to promote a safer road transportation system
  • outreach activities, communication, cooperation, and collaboration among road safety stakeholders

Eligible project duration

  • Funding will be prioritized for single-year and two-year projects
  • Fiscal year begins April 1 and ends on March 31 of any given year
  • To be eligible to apply:
    • projects must be completed by December 31, 2025
    • all eligible expenditures must be claimed by March 31, 2026

Reimbursement of eligible expenditures will only be made available in fiscal year 2024-25 and 2025-26. Depending on the project and/or the nature of expenditures, some expenses may be considered eligible as of April 1, 2023.

In-kind contributions

In-kind contributions are defined as non-monetary contributions of goods, services, or other support that you or a third party give to the project. In-kind contributions are assigned fair value but are not paid.

In-kind contributions that you receive from a third party are considered donations and may form part of the total eligible costs of a project, but these costs are not eligible for reimbursement from Transport Canada.

Eligible Costs can be cash-equivalent costs associated with in-kind contributions. These costs may be reimbursed as long as the following three criteria are met:

  1. the associated costs are deemed as eligible costs and have been approved by the government of Canada
  2. the associated costs are not a donation received from a third party
  3. the associated costs are related to goods, services, or other support that you would otherwise have to pay for as an essential part of the project

Eligible expenditures

Contributions will be made towards eligible expenditures directly related to eligible activities of the project. Eligible Expenditures may include the following:

  • staff salaries and benefits paid to staff working on the project (such as wages; employer's portion of: Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan, disability insurance, private insurance)
  • professional fees for contracted services (e.g., planning, design, telecommunications, engineering, architectural, surveying, project management)
  • public outreach or communication materials and associated activity expenditures, including printing, publication, distribution, and translation
  • expenditures related to travel expenditures (including the cost of accommodations, vehicle rental and kilometric rates, bus, train, airplane or taxi fares, allowances for meals and incidentals) as determined in the Travel Directive of the National Joint Council
  • training including purchases or rentals related to training (e.g., brake testers)
  • computers/informatics
  • rental/use and repair of equipment
  • administrative expenditures up to 15% of the total project costs (including accounting, audit, evaluation, general office administration expenditures, office equipment rental, insurance, utility costs, storage)
  • commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance membership fees
  • legislative/Legal expenditures
  • other expenditures not included in the categories above, that have been approved by the Minister or his/her delegated representative in writing prior to being incurred, to achieve the objectives and results of the Program

Incurred expenditures can only be reimbursed to the recipient following the signing of a funding agreement.

Ineligible expenditures

Ineligible Expenditures include:

  • the cost of purchasing land, buildings, and/or vehicles, including associated real estate and other fees
  • travel outside of North America
  • any cost associated with Provincial Sales Tax, Goods and Services Tax, and Harmonized Tax for which the recipient is eligible for a tax rebate, and any other costs eligible for rebates