Greater Vancouver Regional Fund

The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) is a permanent source of funding provided to provinces and territories to support local government infrastructure priorities. Municipalities can pool, bank and borrow against this funding, providing significant financial flexibility.

The Greater Vancouver Regional Fund (GVRF) pools 95% of the Metro Vancouver Regional District and its member municipalities’ per capita allocation of the GTF to support regional transportation projects proposed and delivered by TransLink (the remaining 5% is allocated proportionally to member municipalities). Metro Vancouver is responsible for the review and approval of proposals from TransLink for funding. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities administers the federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia and transfers the funds to TransLink upon formal notification by the MVRD Board.

The MVRD Board’s Federal Gas Tax Fund Expenditures Policy sets out the application process, information requirements, and evaluation criteria for TransLink to follow. As per this policy, Metro Vancouver will post TransLink’s proposals and semi-annual reports, and MVRD Board decisions on this webpage.

2019 Review of Board Policy

In October 2018, the MVRD Board authorized a review of the Board’s Federal Gas Tax Fund Expenditures Policy. The review will be undertaken in consultation with TransLink and UBCM in 2019.

Projects Approved for Funding by Metro Vancouver

Since 2005, the federal Gas Tax Fund has committed approximately $1.2 billion to TransLink for eligible transportation projects (as at June 30, 2018). Recent projects follow:

Recent MVRD Board Decisions TransLink Application and MV Staff Evaluation
October 26, 2018 – the MVRD Board approved $142.10 million in GVRF funds to TransLink for 154 expansion and replacement transit vehicles.

TransLink Application October 4, 2018

MV Staff Report

March 23, 2018 – the MVRD Board approved a scope change to one project approved on October 27 2017. There was no change to the previously approved GVRF funding amount.

TransLink Application February 21, 2018

MV Staff Report

October 27, 2017 – the MVRD Board approved $121.15 million for seven projects comprising expansion and replacement transit vehicles.

TransLink Application September 22, 2017

MV Staff Report

July 28, 2017 – the MVRD Board approved scope changes and $24.21 million in additional GVRF funds to TransLink for three projects approved in 2016. The scope changes involved the purchase of conventional CNG and hybrid buses, rather than conventional diesel buses.

TransLink Application June 26, 2017

MV Staff Report

April 28, 2017 – the MVRD Board approved $121.28 million in GVRF funds to TransLink for six projects comprising expansion transit fleet vehicles, four battery electric buses for a pilot program, and equipment for deferred retirement of transit vehicles.

TransLink Application April 6, 2017

MV Staff Report

September 23, 2016 – the MVRD Board approved $127.18 million in GVRF funds to TransLink for nine projects comprising replacement transit fleet vehicles only (84 community shuttles, 75 HandyDART vehicles, and 238 conventional buses).

TransLink Application September 1, 2016

MV Staff Report

TransLink Semi-Annual Reports

TransLink provides the MVRD Board semi‐annual reports on projects that have received funding through the GVRF.

TransLink Semi-Annual Report as at June 30, 2018

TransLink Semi-Annual Report as at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2017 (combined)

TransLink Semi-Annual Report as at December 31, 2016

Eligible Projects

The eligible projects that TransLink can propose for GVRF funding are:

  • Local roads and bridges, including active transportation infrastructure, and
  • Public transit
  • EVALUATION CRITERIA

    Metro Vancouver reviews TransLink’s proposals against two types of criteria. Screening criteria are mandatory requirements. Integrated criteria allow for a qualitative assessment of the proposed projects based on high priority objectives of the region and the federal Gas Tax Fund (see the Application Guide for more information about all other information requirements).

    Criterion Description Assessment
    Screening Criteria
    Eligible Project Category Local roads and bridges, including active transportation, OR public transit Meets criterion
    Eligible Expenses As set out in the 2014 Administrative Agreement. Meets criterion
    Plan Consistency Projects must be consistent with TransLink’s existing Capital Plan and future 10-Year Investment Plan, as well as the Mayors’ Council Transportation and Transit Plan, Metro 2040: Shaping our Future, and the Regional Transportation Strategy. Meets criterion
    Corporate Policies Projects must be consistent with applicable TransLink policies such as sustainability, environmental responsibility, emissions, and infrastructure. Meets criterion
    Integrated Criteria: Regional Growth Strategy
    Supports the Regional Growth Strategy The degree to which the project assists in achieving the five goals in Metro 2040. Poor/Good/Excellent
    Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas Where applicable, the project is located in, or demonstrates tangible benefits to, the overall performance of Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas. Poor/Good/Excellent
    Integrated Criteria: Transportation Performance
    Headline Targets Demonstrates tangible beneficial effects on vehicle kilometres travelled and/or walk/cycle/transit mode share. Poor/Good/Excellent
    Other Transportation Outcomes Demonstrates tangible beneficial effects on vehicle congestion, transit passenger congestion, transit ridership, and/or transportation safety for the duration of the project. Poor/Good/Excellent
    Integrated Criteria: Regional Environmental Objectives
    Supports the Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan Contributes to the achievement of one or more goals in the Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan. Poor/Good/Excellent
    Measurable Beneficial Effects Demonstrates tangible beneficial effects on greenhouse gas and common air contaminant emissions from on-road transportation sources for the duration of the project. Poor/Good/Excellent
    Integrated Criteria: Economic Development
    Supports Regional Prosperity Contributes to a regional transportation system that moves people and goods and aligns with regional prosperity. Poor/Good/Excellent
    Measurable Beneficial Effects Tangible beneficial effects on the movement of people and/or goods for the duration of the project. Poor/Good/Excellent

Contacts


Metro Vancouver: Raymond Kan, Senior Planner, Raymond.Kan@metrovancouver.org,
604.436.6991

UBCM: Brant Felker, Gas Tax Policy and Program Manager, bfelker@ubcm.ca,
250.356.0893

TransLink: Tilan Kiriwaththuduwa, Manager, Capital Assets and Government Funding, Tilan.Kiri@translink.ca  
778.375.6942

About the Federal Gas Tax Administrative Agreement

The Administrative Agreement on the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia took effect on April 1, 2014. The tripartite Agreement between Canada-British Columbia-UBCM replaced the 2005-2014 Agreement and provides the administrative framework for the delivery of federal gas tax funding to local governments and other recipients in British Columbia over ten years (2014-2024).

For more information.