Federal Gas Tax Fund Signage Requirements
In February 2017, Infrastructure Canada (INFC) announced a new framework for the mandatory installation of signage for GTF projects. Municipalities are required to provide and install temporary signage for all projects receiving federal gas tax funds. INAC’s new signage information, including frequently asked questions and signage templates, can be found at: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pub/signage-panneaux/intro-eng.html
To ensure Nova Scotia’s municipalities are meeting signage requirements, the federal government requires regular signage reports from the Province. As part of the terms of the Municipal Funding Agreement (MFA) signed in 2014, each municipality agreed to inform the Province when projects signs were installed. The signage reports will track the installation of new signs on all municipal GTF projects on a quarterly basis (June, September, December and March). UNSM is assisting the Province in collecting quarterly signage reports to help meet the federal requirements and raise the profile of Nova Scotia’s GTF projects.
The new signage protocols require that signs be installed 30-days before construction begins and stay in place 30-days after the project is completed. As well, signs for Gas Tax Fund project must display federal, provincial and municipal logos (for an overview of the signage guidelines, see below). For a copy of the provincial logo, please contact Debbie Nielsen, UNSM’s Infrastructure & Sustainability Officer, at or 902 423-8312.
An Overview of Infrastructure Canada’s Signage Requirements
The following are highlights of the new federal signage guidelines for GTF projects.
- In general, signs should be installed 30-days before construction begins and stay in place 30-days after construction is completed.
- Each sign requires four main components (sample mock-ups of signs are included in the Infrastructure Project Sign Design and Installation Guidelines):
1) One of two background, based on your municipality’s type - urban or rural
2) One of the six icons to reflect the funding stream (see Annex B of the Infrastructure Project Sign Design and Installation Guidelines)
3) A project information panel, which includes:
- A short, clear project title
- A 4-5 word statement of the benefits of the project (see Annex B of the Infrastructure Project Sign Design and Installation Guidelines)
- Total project cost
- Project timelines, relating to construction start and end dates
- The following are examples of projects that may not require signs:
- A project of short duration (i.e. under seven days),
- A project that represent a modest investment (i.e. less than $100,000)
- A project located in a remote area where signage would not be visible to the public
- In recognition of the two official languages of Canada, signs should be bilingual but could be unilingual based on the municipal and/or provincial legislation governing language use. In Nova Scotia, signs MUST be bilingual in the following communities:
- La Butte
- Highway signs must be bilingual in ALL municipalities.
- When appropriate, funding can be recognized through digital signage on a project web site, through a permanent plaque after project completion, a mention in public project reports, and through web or social media, including Facebook or Twitter (see page 13 of the Infrastructure Project Sign Design and Installation Guidelines for more details).