The Government of Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program

Backgrounder

The EcoAction Community Funding Program encourages action-oriented projects that will protect, rehabilitate, or enhance the natural environment. In keeping with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s priorities, EcoAction supports community-based projects led by environmental and community groups, youth and senior groups, and Indigenous organizations across Canada, which have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. The program addresses four themes: climate change, clean air, clean water, and nature.

This year, the EcoAction Community Funding Program will provide $4 million for 66 new projects. An emphasis was made to solicit projects with climate change activities. The EcoAction Community Funding Program leverages contributions for environmental action across Canada. As a result, for every dollar received through EcoAction, approximately $2.45 is used from other funding partners. This leveraging may take the form of financial or in-kind resources, such as volunteer labour, products, or services. Partner funding and other support broaden the scope of projects, improve on the ground results, and strengthen public and private collaboration.

Some of the funded activities include

  • dealing with the impacts of climate change
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption and taking steps to improve home energy efficiency
  • improving water quality by reducing the amount of pesticides or household hazardous substances entering streams and lakes
  • working to reduce air emissions that contribute to air pollution
  • restoring and protecting natural habitat
  • reducing biodiversity loss

More information about new projects funded through the EcoAction Community Funding Program is found in the project list below. More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is available on Canada.ca.



EcoAction Community Funding Program: New projects for 2017-18
Project title Approved contribution Project location Organization name
Climate Smart Chamber Initiative $96,000 Canada wide Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Next Steps: A Climate of Change $66,550 Communities in Bow Valley, Alta. Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley
Climate Leadership for Generation Green $48,400 Calgary, Alta. Green Calgary Association
MD of Foothills Riparian Enhancement Projects $21,686 Municipal District of Foothills No. 31, Alta. Sustainability Resources
Duck Bay Wetland Restoration – Water Quality Improvement and Climate Mitigation Project $47,000 Nelson, B.C. Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society
Okanagan Conservation Areas Restoration $25,000 Okanagan Valley, B.C. The Nature Trust of British Columbia
Pollinator Pathways (for Climate Change Adaptation of Pollinators in Langley, B.C.) $35,384 Langley, B.C. Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS)
Climate Action Champions (CAC) $35,000 Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island, B.C. Be The Change Earth Alliance Society
Dawson Creek Watershed Society Riparian Management and Wildlife Monitoring Program $42,450 Dawson Creek, B.C. Dawson Creek Watershed Society
Earthwise Agassiz Streamside and Woodland Trail $29,500 Agassiz/Harrison, B.C. Earthwise Society
Metchosin Shoreline Good Neighbours $30,900 Metchosin, B.C. Habitat Acquisition Trust
Port Alberni Clean Water Project $63,700 Port Alberni, B.C. West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association
Sculpting Rockfish Habitat in Howe Sound $43,410 Howe Sound, B.C. Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Pollinator Garden Project $27,881 North Vancouver, B.C. North Shore Neighbourhood House
Haida Gwaii Clean Energy Toolkit $35,000 Haida Gwaii, B.C. Swiilawiid Sustainability Society
Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change by Protecting Foreshore Ecosystems in the Okanagan Valley. $84,075 Okanagan Valley, B.C. Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program
Adapting for Climate Change: Protecting Okanagan Waterways from Invasive Species $37,700 Okanagan Valley, B.C. Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society
Adapting to Climate Change: Community Workshops and Estuary Restoration Project $62,902 Cowichan Valley Regional District, Duncan, B.C. Cowichan Community Land Trust Society
Integrating Human Use with Ecological Restoration Project $54,450 Galiano Island, B.C. Galiano Conservancy Association
Adapting to Cowichan’s Changing Climate – Cleaning our Water, Slowing the Flow $51,060 Cowichan Valley Regional District, B.C. Cowichan Watershed Society
Closing the Loop on Affordable and Healthy Housing $97,100 Shawnigan Lake, B.C. O.U.R. Community Association
SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project $96,050 Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, Central Saanich, B.C. SeaChange Marine Conservation Society
Innovative Harvest Management of Rural Ditches for Biomass, Nutrient Capture, and Flood Control: A Pilot Demonstration for the Lake Winnipeg Watershed $100,000 Rural Municipality of Springfield, Oakbank, Man. International Institute for Sustainable Development
ON SITE Multi-Family Composting Project $40,000 Winnipeg, Man. Green Action Centre
Water Retention on Tobacco Creek $35,000 Tobacco Creek watershed in the rural municipalities of Lorne, Thompson, Dufferin and Roland, Man. Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association
Shelterbelt Awareness and Renovation Options $13,000 Morden, Man. Stanley Soil Management Association
Carbon Reduction Through Increased Sequestration $14,000 Municipalities of Prairie View and Rossburn, Man. Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
Climate Change, Human Health, and the Urban Forest $58,000 Bathurst, N.B. Bathurst Sustainable Development (BSD)
The Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup $40,930 Fredericton, N.B. Nature Trust of New Brunswick Inc.
Improving Storm Water Management in the Kennebecasis $33,800 Sussex, N.B. Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee
Reducing Transportation-Related Greenhouse Gases: Drive Electric N.B. – Electric Vehicle Incentive Pilot Program $43,000 Fredericton, N.B. New Brunswick Lung Association
Implementing Emissions Reduction Plans in Tantramar: Community Draft-Proofing Work Parties $96,000 Sackville, N.B. EOS Eco-Energy / EOS Eco-Énergie Inc.
Nashwaak River Bank Stabilization $64,000 Fredericton, N.B. Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc.
Community Nursery for the Restoration of Riparian Environments $35,861 Shediac, N.B. Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Communities in Action for a Better Bradley Brook $20,000 Nauwigewauk, N.B. Hammond River Angling Association
N.L. Wetland Conservation in a Changing Climate $70,000 St. John's, N.L. Ducks Unlimited Canada
Composting to Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Newfoundland and Labrador $77,335 N.L. Quebec-Labrador Foundation
Preserving the Shoreline and Heritage of Malagawatch $67,742 Sydney, N.S. Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton
Soaking Up Stormwater in Southwest Nova Scotia $90,000 Lunenburg, N.S. Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
ReNEW – The Deanery Project $89,672 Lower Ship Harbour, N.S. The Deanery Project
Creating Ecosystem Services on Marginal Farmland $66,000 Norfolk County, Ont. ALUS Norfolk Inc.
Addressing Climate Change at the Neighbourhood Scale $100,000 Toronto, Markham, and Brampton, Ont. The Living City Foundation
2020 Vision of Healthy Waters: Community Stewardship in the Nottawasaga Valley and South Georgian Bay $100,000 Simcoe County, Dufferin County, and Grey County, Ont. Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Six Streams Initiative: Soil and Nutrient Conservation to Enhance Resiliency in Natural and Agricultural Systems $93,556 Bruce County, Ont. Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association
Connecting Communities and Creeks $65,000 Simcoe County, Ont. Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Youth and Community Action to Reduce Climate Change Impacts and Improve Watershed and Community Health $64,000 Scarborough, Ont. Friends of the Rouge Watershed
Glenn-E Municipal Drain Project $95,000 Dungannon, Ont. Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
Stormwater and Nutrient Management on the Eighteen Mile River $100,000 Bruce County, Ont. Pine River Watershed Initiative
Improving Forests and Coastlines in Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed $77,760 Dunstaffnage, P.E.I. Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association Inc.
I Compost, I Garden! $99,173 Montérégie, Estrie, and Centre-du-Québec regions, Que. La RHA pour la Reconstruction Harmonieuse de l'Agriculture
Getting from Home to School Using Active Transportation! $42,850 Montérégie region, Que. Nature-Action Québec Inc.
Electrification and Efficiency of Travel for Business and Deliveries $37,090 Estrie region, Que. Conseil régional de l’environnement de l’Estrie   
The Search for Clandestine Dump Sites $74,850 Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, Que. Conseil régional de l'environnement de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (CREAT)
Brown Snake Habitat Conservation, Restoration, and Enhancement $52,756 Montréal, Que. Société d’histoire naturelle de la vallée du Saint-Laurent
Blue and Green Alleyways $90,000 Montréal, Que. Société de développement communautaire de Montréal (SODECM)
Environmentally Responsible Development of Parking Lots $88,000 Montréal, Que. Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal
Action Group for Sustainable Energy and Buildings in the Magdalen Islands $50,000 Magdalen Islands, Que. Écobâtiment
Eurasian Watermilfoil Control in Water Bodies in the Laurentians $100,000 Laurentians region, Que. Conseil régional de l’environnement des Laurentides
Greening Initiative in Saint-Henri $99,062 Montréal, Que. Les YMCA du Québec
Greening Project for Urban Heat Island Mitigation in Sainte-Marie $25,088 Montréal, Que. Société écocitoyenne de Montréal
Fruit Tree Planting Project in Saint-Roch 2017-2019 $44,700 Québec, Que. Programme d’encadrement clinique et d’hébergement (Pech)
W Composting $22,689 Wôlinak, Que. Conseil des Abénakis de Wôlinak
Targeted Activities for Runoff Control and Soil Conservation in Degraded Agricultural Areas in Brome-Missisquoi $96,550 Brome-Missisquoi region, Que. Organisme de bassin versant de la baie Missisquoi
Slow it, Spread it, Sink it: Engineered Rain Gardens in a Semi-Arid Region $73,394 Swift Current, Sask. Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards
Cattails to Power: Innovative Pilot Demonstration for Clean Water and Sustainable Energy in Saskatchewan $100,000 Upper Souris watershed, Sask. International Institute for Sustainable Development
If You Build It, They Will Come: Increasing Cycling, Decreasing Emissions $88,550

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