The 2016 REOI was approved to distribute up to $4,565,000 and was issued March 18. It closed May 18 and municipalities responded enthusiastically by submitting 43 applications for funding before the deadline. The total value of all the proposed projects was $14,188,241 and $6,828,201 of funding was requested from CIF. Following all the evaluations, CIF has approved $3,959,412 for distribution.
Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the results shortly and the grant preparation process has begun for those that will receive funding. If you have any questions about the results of your application, please contact CIF Staff.
2016 will go down as a pivotal year in Ontario’s recycling history. New Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation was passed and all recycling programs now face the tough job of transitioning to the new regime.
Planning REOI Budget for 2017
CIF is now planning the REOI budget for 2017 and we have heard that funding priorities are shifting for our municipal clients. So far we’ve heard that municipalities will continue to focus on individual cost savings and cost containment efforts but will be delaying implementation of “regionalization type” initiatives until there is greater clarity around how the new legislation will affect program operations. We’ve also been told municipal councils continue to ask staff to explore opportunities to divert more material necessitating more research into material management and markets. Others anticipate submitting applications for assistance with their contracts and to evaluate their programs and develop options in response to the new legislation.
We need your input!
To help us better understand your needs, we have developed a very simple 4 question survey that we ask everyone to take 2 minutes now to complete (survey remains open till Friday, October 7). Just click the link 2017 REOI Funding Level Survey and tell us how you think CIF should prioritise 2017 REOI funding to best satisfy your needs. This is your chance to directly influence the funding process and your survey responses will be a large factor in setting the 2017 funding priorities and amounts.
The survey responses are anonymous and we encourage you to email CIF staff should you wish to add any additional comments about how the CIF operates the 2017 REOI.
Contact CIF Staff
CIF staff are always ready to help. We encourage you to contact any member of the team to discuss your issues and questions.