CIF Funding Process

Request for Expression of Interest

The Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) is a vehicle to solicit high quality proposals for funding of projects consistent with the priorities established for the CIF as detailed in its annual Operations Plan. The proposals provided through this process will enable the CIF to determine which projects represent the greatest benefit to Blue Box programs in Ontario and to allocate funding appropriately to optimize the return from available funds within the priority project areas identified.

2020 REOI: Continuous Intake of Applications

The 2020 REOI provides $1.25 million to invest in new initiatives consistent with the priorities identified in the 2020 CIF Operations Plan.

NEW THIS YEAR: REOI applications will be accepted on a continuous intake basis and on a ‘first come first served’ basis. This change recognizes the need to expedite completion of any new initiatives within the projected remaining life expectancy of the CIF. Priority will be given to projects that can be fully completed by year end 2021. Staff will work with prospective proponents to develop projects that meet current priorities and strict timelines. Approvals will be granted on a case by case basis using the approved evaluation criteria and approval processes.

*Decisions on grant opportunities may be postponed, amended, or terminated, at the sole discretion of CIF Committee, in the event that a material change to the Blue Box Program Plan or associated legislation occurs prior to any decision by the CIF on project funding.

Please note, for the CIF/SO Waste Composition Studies (Form 3), continuous intake did not apply and the June 26, 2020 deadline has now passed. Those interested in waste composition studies are still encouraged to contact staff and discuss their needs.


Current funding criteria continue to place emphasis on projects that demonstrate collective benefit to municipalities across the Province, avoid development of stranded, obsolete or inefficient assets, and can be completed within short timelines.

Collective benefit projects include:

  • Transitional support
  • Market research and support
  • Collection and processing initiatives
  • Performance analytics and better practices research
  • Waste Composition studies

2020 Documents