Regions & Rurality Fund (FRR)

Bill 47 – An Act to ensure the implementation of certain measures of the 2020-2024 partnership between the Government of Québec and municipalities was assented to in the National Assembly on December 11, 2019, creating the Regions and Rurality Fund (FRR).

The RRF has been in effect since April 1, 2020. It has an envelope totalling nearly $1.3 billion for the duration of the 2020-2024 Partnership: For Stronger Municipalities and Regions. Credits totalling $250 million are provided for 2020, rising to $267.5 million for each subsequent year until 2024.

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Compontent 1: Support For Regional Outreach

In continuity with the Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des régions (FARR) (2016-2020), this component is designed to support projects whose benefits extend beyond the territory of an RCM. It supports the Strategy to ensure the occupation and vitality of the territories, which stems from the Act to ensure the occupation and vitality of the territories (RLRQ, chapter O-1.3). The annual envelope is $50 million, divided among the administrative regions.

For 2021-2022, $3,060,276 has been allocated by the Government of Quebec to support development projects that meet the Outaouais’ five priorities. These priorities were determined by municipal and regional elected officials. The initiatives submitted must have an impact on the territory of more than one regional county municipality (RCM).

Eligible organizations will be able to apply for financial assistance on the Ministry of Municipal Affaires and Housing (MAMH) website from Monday, May 3, until May 14, 2021.

A virtual information meeting will be held prior to the project submission period. Interested developers can contact the Outaouais Regional Office of the Ministry.

The Outaouais’ five priorities are as follows:

  • Catching up with the region’s historical backlog in health and social services, education and economic development.
  • Foster strong and sustainable community development based on solidarity and a strong link between rural and urban areas.
  • Build a strong regional identity.
  • Foster resilience to climate change by ensuring sustainable development.
  • Develop the economy and improve the competitive position with respect to the border situation through innovation and diversification.

The following organizations will be eligible:

All applicants are eligible for financial assistance, with the exception of private companies in the financial sector and financial cooperatives.

However, organizations listed in the Register of Enterprises Not Eligible for Government Contracts are not eligible. The Minister may refuse any application from an otherwise eligible organization if it is involved in a dispute with the Government of Québec or if it is in default of its obligations to the Minister under an Act administered by the Minister, a regulation thereunder or an agreement.

 

You can access information specific to the Outaouais by consulting the Regional Management section of the program on the MAMH website.

To contact the Department’s Outaouais Regional Office: 819-772-3006, ext. 80705, or dr.outaouais@mamh.gouv.qc.ca.

To learn more about MAMH activities, follow us on social media:

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Compontent 2: Support for local and regional development

350,000$ in funding available for community development projects in MRC Pontiac

In March 2020, the Regional County Municipality of Pontiac (MRC Pontiac) signed an agreement under the Regional and Rurality Fund’s Support for the Local and Regional Development Competence of MRCs component with the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH). These funds support many different projects within the MRC. This call for projects is launched every year to support municipalities and local non-profit organizations in carrying out their community development projects.

The objectives of this call for projects are to improve living environments and encourage the implementation of initiatives leading to the revitalization of living environments in the MRC Pontiac and/or to create and maintain jobs on the MRC Pontiac territory. These two major elements are intended to improve the quality of life of our citizens, and are based on the following principles:

  • Encourage the sharing of facilities and services and the creation of multi-service hubs;
  • Support multifunctional development;
  • Support community beautification;
  • Attracting and retaining young people;
  • Support a community transportation service;
  • Take steps to attract new families;
  • Introducing new technologies;
  • Create environments conducive to healthy lifestyles.

The call for projects covers the entire MRC Pontiac territory. Determined by the mayors’ council, the seven priority areas of intervention for 2023 are:

  • Tourism
  • Culture and heritage
  • Economic growth
  • Agriculture
  • Socio-community
  • Environment
  • Forestry
Amount available for this call: $350,000 Launch date: August 15, 2023 Closing date: September 28, 2023 at 12:00 noon

Application Process

Non-profit organisations, cooperatives, band councils of aboriginal communities and municipalities interested in applying to this program are invited to contact the MRC Pontiac’s economic development department to schedule an appointment:

Documents

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Compontent 4: Support for vitalization and intermunicipal cooperation

The MRC Pontiac is implementing the vitalization agreement, signed with the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation, which stems from component 4 of the Fonds régions et ruralité. This agreement constitutes a considerable opportunity in the territory’s path to face the challenges of devitalization.

The MRC Pontiac allocates this fund to finance all measures and actions aimed at the vitalization of the territory as defined in the vitalization framework developed by the MRC’s vitalization committee and adopted by the MRC’s Council of Mayors. The vitalization axes are subject to change according to the evolution of situations and desired changes.

Vitalization axes :

  • Economic development
  • Urban development
  • Natural development
  • Community development

Eligible Beneficiaries

  • Cooperatives and social economy enterprises (excluding the financial sector);
  • Non-profit organizations;
  • Aboriginal band councils;
  • Educational network organizations;
  • Private companies (with the exception of the financial sector);
  • Municipalities.

Amount available for this call: $2,000,000

Launch date: June 28, 2023
Closing date: August 25, 2023 at 12:00 noon

Documentation

*To receive the Word version of the application form, please send an email to developpement@mrcpontiac.qc.ca, Thank you! *

FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN CONTACT:

(819) 648-5689 at extension 122
developpement@mrcpontiac.qc.ca

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