Climate Action Fund

To help increase action and awareness on climate change, we have launched the Climate Action Fund. Through this fund, we continue to support creative initiatives that will make a real difference in addressing climate change.

The Climate Action Fund provides up to $3 million annually to support projects that raise awareness and increase participation on climate change across Canada, especially among:

  • youth
  • students
  • Indigenous peoples and organizations
  • small and medium businesses

Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. Increasing education, awareness and action on climate change through independent third parties will support Canada’s efforts to protect the environment and transition to a cleaner economy.

How to apply for funding

The application process for the 2019 Climate Action Fund will open this spring. We welcome innovative ideas from:

  • youth
  • students
  • businesses
  • Indigenous peoples and organizations
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • educational institutions

We will post the 2019 applicant guide as soon as it’s available.

Success stories

The Climate Action Fund has funded a variety of projects. Find out more about some of our success stories.

See highlights from the current Climate Action Fund campaign.

News releases

Climate Action Fund projects
Program name Project name Project description Ultimate recipient name Program contribution Estimated total project cost Province/Territory Estimated start date Rank
Climate Action Fund Youth Climate Change Ambassador Program This group will plan an event (which will engage with various levels of government, enviornment NGOS and businesses and seek to recruit youth for the program), further youth recruitment, development of the Youth Ambassador program itself, followed by the training of the 40 selected youth. Upon recieving their training, Ambassadors will work with Ecology Ottawa to host four public events that focus on areas relevant to Ottawa becoming a climate leader. Youth will also be expected to make one presentation to either schools or other interested groups.  Students, Youth $125,000 $164,000 Ontario January 3, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Driving Climate Action through Outreach and Promotion in the Hamilton - Burlington "Bay Area" This project will drive climate action through outreach and promotion that engages the (Hamilton - Burlington) Bay Area community to build awareness and understanding of climate change impacts and practical actions, targeting youth and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In order to achieve this, the Centre for Climate Change at Mohawk (CCCM), a multi-sector regional collaboration, will focus on a project called the Bay Area Climate Change Office (BACCO). BACCO aims mainly to advance deep climate actions in the Bay Area. The project will include a national-scale, multi-day, multi-partner Climate Change Summit with a Youth Climate Change Summit to motivate and empower individuals and organizations to take action in their communities. In addition, the Collaboration will organize a series of free public seminars on community climate change. A strategic Climate Communications plan will support all of the above. This preparation, which is anticipated as the bulk of the work, will take place in the first fiscal year, and will also include the development of the required materials. Students, Youth, Indigenous Governments or Organizations, Private For-Profit $262,610 $374,275 Ontario October 22, 2018 5
Climate Action Fund Climate Action School Climate Action School seeks to develop and implement climate-focused curriculum and hands-on workshops for students in Nova Scotia that draws upon traditional Mi'kmaq and scientific knowledge to increase awareness and stewardship and build skills. Students, Youth, Indigenous Governments or Organizations $118,964 $118,964 Nova Scotia January 3, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Accelerating to Zero Carbon Accelerating to Zero Carbon - enable Zero Carbon Buildings across Canada by supporting small- and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), with a specific focus on architectural, engineering and renewable energy firms, to increase their knowledge for the design, adoption and application of Zero Carbon Buildings. The project will create capacity for Zero Carbon Buildings with the support of leading colleges and industry association partners including but not limited to George Brown College, Humber College, British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and by engaging Canada Green Building Council’s 1,000 emerging green building professional members (young professionals and students) who are eager to make Zero Carbon Buildings the norm. Begins January 2, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019. Students, Youth, Private For-Profit $496,333 $496,333 Multiple January 3, 2019 5


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