The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI)

The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) helps support local infrastructure priorities and build strong, safe and resilient communities.  Municipal Affairs has allocated approximately $7.6 billion to municipalities since the program launched in 2007. This has meant communities across Alberta have been able to build and rehabilitate their roadways and bridges, water and wastewater systems, public transit facilities, and recreation and sport facilities, and other key local priorities.

What's New

Please be advised that beginning in the 2017 program year (from January 1, 2017) all MSI documentation, including MSI Capital project applications and amendments, Operating spending plans, and Capital and Operating SFEs, must be submitted through the Municipal Sustainability Online (MSIO) system. These documents will no longer be accepted through email, fax or post. 

Acesss to MSIO is available through MAConnect, the web portal that provides Government of Alberta staff and external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs' key business applications.

Municipalities that have not previously used MAConnect will have to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to MSIO. To request a Stakeholder Agreement, or for MSIO support, please contact or call 780-644-2413 (toll-free by dialling 310-0000 first).

Guidelines and application forms for the 2016 MSI Capital and Operating programs can be found here.

In 2016, municipalities will receive just over $1.2 billion under the MSI program.

  • the MSI capital budget is $1.18 billion (which includes $340.7 million from the former Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) program; and
  • the MSI operating budget is being maintained at $30 million.

The 2016 program year allocations are available here.

The MSI was launched in 2007 as a 10 year program and funding allocations beyond 2016 are not covered by the current funding agreements between the Government of Alberta and municipalities. The government is working on a plan to ensure infrastructure funding continues to flow to municipalities.

Featured Projects

Lethbridge Enmax Centre

Thanks in part to funding from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, Lethbridge residents and visitors are enjoying a renovated and expanded recreation centre.


Meadows Recreation Centre, Library and Park - Edmonton

Lethbridge Enmax Centre

A new community hub in Edmonton's southeast is taking shape and will include park space, a community recreation centre and a new library.


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