Applications now open for federal government environmental funding programs

News Release

Feburary 1, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Environmental threats, such as climate change, are severely impacting our land, oceans, and communities. Investing in the protection and conservation of our natural environment helps us combat climate change, strengthen our clean-growth economy, and conserve our natural habitats for generations to come.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched the annual call for proposals for seven existing environmental funding programs that will provide over $15 million to help Canada address climate change, conserve nature, and protect our fresh water.

Potential projects could include developing land-management strategies for caribou habitat, monitoring marine-mammal populations along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, supporting Indigenous engagement in the Lake Winnipeg basin, or preventing toxic and nuisance algae in Lake Erie.

Canadians across the country—from Indigenous organizations, landowners, environmental groups, nature trusts, educational institutions, provinces, community-based wildlife societies, and conservation organizations—are invited to apply.

Today’s announcement will continue to contribute to many community-level projects that have positive, measureable results for the environment and for Canadians.

For more information on program criteria and on how to apply to the funding programs, please follow the links below.


“By tackling climate change, we bring Canadians together to protect our land, air, and water—and improve the health of our towns and cities—for future generations. I encourage all eligible parties to submit proposals for this round of funding to spark change, strengthen our economy, and develop programs that have a positive impact in Canada.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts

  • For 2018-19, it is expected that approximately 600 projects across the country will receive grants and contributions from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

  • Canadians from across the country have implemented thousands of conservation projects with the support of the Government of Canada. For example, the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk, between 2004 and March 31, 2016, has partnered with more than 75 different Indigenous organizations and communities to support more than 850 conservation projects for species at risk protection.

Associated Links


Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Twitter page

Environment and Natural Resources in Canada’s Facebook page

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