Eligibility requirements

Applying to the Enhanced Road Safety Transfer Payment Program Call for Proposals - 2021 to 2022

Eligible recipients

Eligible recipients to be considered for funding under ERSTPP 2021-2022 include :

  • Not-for-profit and for-profit private sector road safety organizations;
  • Academia;
  • Road safety organizations;
  • Other organizations that take an active role in advancing road safety issues/perspectives of their members;
  • The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA);
  • Provinces;
  • Territories; and
  • Provincial or territorial-owned entities.

Please note: Municipalities and cities are not eligible to apply under this call, however, they may partner with one of the eligible recipients listed above.

Eligible activities

Contribution funding for the following eligible activities will be made available if the proposed activity directly contributes to the ERSTPP's objectives which are:

  • 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; and/or
  • Outreach activities, communication, cooperation, and collaboration among road safety stakeholders.

Priority focus areas – 2021-2022

We will prioritize projects with a focus in one or more of these priority areas for 2021-2022 funding purposes ; however, projects without a focus in one or more of these areas are still eligible for funding under the ERSTPP.

The priority subject areas for Transport Canada for 2021-2022 are:

  • Impaired driving caused by alcohol and drugs;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Vulnerable road users (VRU);
  • Connected and automated vehicles (CAVs);
  • Advanced safety technologies;
  • School bus safety;
  • Commercial motor vehicles (e.g., electronic logging devices, entry level training etc.);
  • Road safety enforcement activities ; and
  • Emerging technologies in road safety.

Note: Recognizing the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on transportation and mobility, projects that mitigate the resulting issues to road safety in Canada will also be considered for funding under this call.

All proposals must clearly identify in their application at least one of the following project target groups and one of the following project categories that they support:

Project target groups (PTG) – 2021-2022

  • PTG 1: Young/novice drivers;
    • Under the age of 25 or with less than two years of driving experience.
  • PTG 2: Medically at-risk drivers;
    • Drivers with physical or cognitive impairments which affect their ability to drive safely.
  • PTG 3: Vulnerable road users;
    • Pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, and people in personal mobilized devices (e.g., motorized wheelchairs and scooters).
  • PTG 4: High risk drivers;
    • Repeat offenders with a pattern of illegal driving behaviours.
  • PTG 5: General population;
  • PTG 6: Commercial Motor Vehicles.

Project categories (PC) – 2021-2022

  • PC 1: Support education and training;
  • PC 2: Support recipient's ability to collect uniform, complete, timely road safety related information and data;
  • PC 3: Support research activities to develop public policy, revise non-federal safety regulations, etc. for the improvement of current technology to promote a safer road transportation system;
  • PC 4: Support outreach activities, communication, cooperation, and collaboration between all road safety stakeholders;
  • PC 5: Monitor progress to meet the strategic objectives of the Road Safety Strategy 2025; and
  • PC 6: Taking advantage of technology and innovation.

Eligible project duration

Single-year and multi-year projects are eligible. For approved projects, eligible project costs must be incurred between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2023, and would be eligible for reimbursement once a funding agreement is signed by all parties.

*Preference may be given to projects that could be completed by March 31, 2022.

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.

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; and
  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.

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.