Indigenous climate and environmental funding

Federal funding programs are available to support Indigenous climate action for a safer and cleaner environment for future generations.

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Program Name Description Maximum Funding Available Per Project Duration Department
Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Adoption Stream Funds the purchase and installation of commercially available clean technologies and processes that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and other environmental co-benefits. $ 2,000,000 June 2021 - March 2026 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Research &Innovation Stream Funds pre-market innovation, including research, development, demonstration and commercialization activities. $ 2,000,000 June 2021 - March 2028 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agricultural Climate Solutions - Living Labs Program Establish a strong Canada-wide network of regional collaborations made up of farmers, scientists and other sectoral stakeholders. The objective is to develop, validate, and share the beneficial management practices that best store carbon and mitigate climate change. $ 8,000,000 April 2021 - March 2031 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agricultural Climate Solutions - On-Farm Climate Action Fund The objective of the On-Farm Climate Action Fund is to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of: nitrogen management, cover cropping, rotational grazing practices $ 50,000,000 2021 - 2024 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
AgriInnovate Program Provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability $ 10,000,000 April 2018 - March 2023 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
AgriScience Program Aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians. $ 5,000,000 April 2018 - March 2023 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Emergency Food Security Fund Provides funds to Canadian food banks and other national food rescue organizations to help improve access to food for people experiencing food insecurity in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Variable April 2020 - March 2022 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Local Food Infrastructure Fund Strengthen access to food systems safe, healthy and culturally-diverse food for at-risk populations while promoting environmentally sustainable food systems. Variable March 2019 - March 2024 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Surplus Food Rescue Program Funding to support Canada's food system, food processors, and food producers, and distributors to help ensure food availability for all Canadians. Funding will be used to help manage and redirect existing surpluses to organizations addressing food insecurity and ensure that these surplus products are not wasted. $ 20,000,000 2020-2021 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative The Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) will help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete on the global stage. The Initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following three objectives: to green their operations and adopt environmentally sustainable practices; to improve productivity; and to strengthen commercialization while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains. Variable August 2021 - March 2024 Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Business Development Program The Business Development Program (BDP) helps entrepreneurs launch, modernize and grow their business in Atlantic Canada. Through the BDP, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) funds new ideas so entrepreneurs can get them off the ground and help existing companies get to the next level. The BDP also provides financial assistance, in the form of non-repayable assistance, to not-for-profit organizations that provide support to Atlantic businesses. The BDP aims to improve the growth and competitiveness of Atlantic SMEs, provide for dynamic and sustainable communities in Atlantic Canada, and provide for policies and programs that strengthen the Atlantic economy. $ 10,000,000 Ongoing Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Canada Community revitalization fund The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) aims to help communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a national investment of $500 million over 2 years, the Fund's purpose is to support not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities: build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets; bring people back to public spaces safely as health measures ease; create jobs and stimulate local economies. The Fund being delivered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs). $ 750,000 August 2021 - March 2023 Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Innovative Communities Fund The Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) invests in strategic projects that build the economies of Atlantic Canada's communities. Working in partnership with Atlantic communities and stakeholders, ICF builds on the strengths of communities and provides the tools needed to identify opportunities available for their sustainable economic growth. ICF focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in rural communities. Urban initiatives that stimulate the competitiveness and vitality of rural communities may be considered on a selective basis. $ 10,000,000 Ongoing Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Jobs and Growth Fund The Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The Fund, delivered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over 3 years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria. In Atlantic Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is investing $70 million to help job creators and the organizations that support them to future-proof their businesses, build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, enhancing competitiveness, and creating jobs in every corner of the country. Indigenous-led organizations and/or businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Under the initiative, RDAs may contribute up to 100 percent of eligible project costs for projects with Indigenous clients. $ 10,000,000 April 2021 - March 2024 Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation The Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program creates the right conditions to start and grow businesses in Atlantic Canada. Through REGI, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is helping businesses and non-profit organizations develop a strong, dynamic and inclusive economy. The two streams are defined as follows: Business Scale-up and Productivity - Funding offered under this stream helps businesses to accelerate their growth and assists with the adoption of innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity and global competitiveness as well as the development of and entry into new markets. Regional Innovation Ecosystems - Funding offered under this stream helps create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation. It also fosters the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies and increases the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), women entrepreneurs and under-represented groups. $ 20,000,000 Ongoing Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Tourism Relief Fund

The Tourism Relief Fund entities in strategically adapting their products and services to adjust to public health requirements, while planning for, and investing in, recovery efforts for future growth. The Fund will focus on empowering tourism entities to seize opportunities in domestic markets, and helping the sector reposition itself for international visitors as the country prepares to safely re-open. Indigenous tourism projects are important to Canada's economic recovery efforts and a priority under the Tourism Relief Fund. Under the Fund, a minimum of $50 million will specifically support Indigenous tourism initiatives.

$ 500,000 April 2021 - March 2023 Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Community Futures Program CED delivers the national Community Futures Program in the Quebec regions which provides operational funding to Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs). Quebec's 57 CFDCs and 8 Community Business Development Corporations administer business support programming which can benefit Indigenous entrepreneurs and SMEs in their region. - Ongoing Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Quebec Economic Development Program Funding under this stream provides repayable contributions to businesses (including Indigenous businesses) or non-repayable contributions to not-for-profit organizations in communities which aims to generate sustainable, inclusive growth and help small and rural communities in Quebec to fully participate in, and benefit from economic opportunities. - Ongoing Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) REGI is a national program administered in Quebec by CED-Q and promotes economic growth through two program streams : Business Scale-up and Productivity Funding offered under this stream helps businesses to accelerate their growth and assists with the adoption of innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity and global competitiveness as well as the development of and entry into new markets. Regional Innovation Ecosystems Funding offered under this stream helps create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation. It also fosters the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies and increases the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), women entrepreneurs and under-represented groups. - Ongoing Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Food Security and Climate Change in the Canadian North (Team Grants) The overall goal of the Food Security and Climate Change in the Canadian North Initiative is to support research that will provide a deeper understanding of food security and climate change in the Canadian North, with a focus on Indigenous (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and Métis) populations, and to support the development of effective approaches, programs and policies to address this issue. $ 1,500,000 2019 - 2026 Canadian Institute of Health Research
Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth) IDEANorth promotes economic development in the North in order to strengthen territorial economies and increase economic participation by Northerners. IDEANorth is divided into four program streams: Sector & Capacity Development; Business Scale-Up and Productivity; Small Scale Economic Infrastructure; and, Economic Infrastructure Studies (large scale). $ 6,000,000 Ongoing Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP) Increases the participation of northern Indigenous communities and businesses in economic opportunities. NAEOP is composed of two program streams: The Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning fund (CROP), and the Entrepreneurship and Business Development fund (EBD). - Ongoing Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Northern Isolated Community Initiatives (NICI) Fund The NICI fund helps strengthen and support Indigenous and northern food systems in three territories by supporting community-led projects, with funding for equipment, local food production projects, and skills training for local and Indigenous food producers. The fund is divided into three areas of focus; Support for Agriculture and Food Businesses; Northern Food and Innovation Challenge; and, Support for Northern Food Working Group & Territorial Initiatives. - - Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) REGI is a national program administered in the Territories by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and promotes economic growth through two program streams (Business Scale-Up & Productivity AND Regional Innovation Ecosystems) which will foster the right environment to start and grow businesses and create the conditions for the development of strong, dynamic and inclusive regional innovation ecosystems across the North. - - Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program Provides support to Indigenous and northern communities and governments in the North to help them adapt to climate change impacts. Funding supports projects such as vulnerability and risk assessment of climate change impacts, development of hazard maps and adaption plans and options, and implementation of non-structural and structural adaptation measures. Variable Ongoing Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
First Nation Adapt Program Provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess climate change impacts and develop adaptation options, related to community infrastructure and disaster risk reduction. Funding supports projects such as risk assessments, and the development, assessment and cost-benefit analysis of adaptation options. The floodplain mapping portion of the program supports climate impacts assessments and adaptation planning efforts in communities at significant risk of flooding. Variable Ongoing Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program Provides funding to support Indigenous peoples in the design, implementation, or expansion of long-term community-based climate monitoring projects. The program supports community-led projects to monitor climate and the environmental effects of climate change on communities and traditional territories. . Variable - Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity program (REACHE) Funds renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and related capacity building and planning in Northern communities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut - Ongoing Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Harvesters Support Grant The Harvesters Support Grant (HSG) increases access to country foods by providing funding to support traditional hunting, harvesting and food sharing in isolated communities. Launched in April 2020, the HSG is a relatively new addition to the Nutrition North Canada program. It was developed in direct collaboration with Indigenous partners and respects the inherent hunting and harvesting rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada. $ 8,000,000 Ongoing Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada - Nutrition North Canada
Climate Action and Awareness Fund Support Canadian-made projects that can create middle class jobs for Canadians who work in science and technology, academia and at the grassroots community level to help reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. $ 6,000,000 2020 - 2025 Environment and Climate Change Canada
EcoAction Community Funding Program The EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to non-profit and non-government organizations for local action-based projects that produce measurable, positive effects on the environment. This year, funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the following key environmental priority: Freshwater $ 100,000 Ongoing Environment and Climate Change Canada
Environmental Damages Fund Restore the environment and conserve wildlife and habitats in a scientifically sound, cost-effective, and technically feasible way, using funds received from fines, court orders and voluntary payments. $ 6,000,000 Ongoing Environment and Climate Change Canada
Indigenous Guardians Pilot The Pilot will invest up to $100M over five years (2021-2026) to continue supporting Indigenous rights and responsibilities in protecting and conserving ecosystems, developing and maintaining sustainable economies, and continuing the profound connections between Canadian landscape and Indigenous culture. - 2018 - 2026 Environment and Climate Change Canada
Indigenous Partnerships for Nature-Smart Climate Solutions Fund The NSCSF will invest up to $36,9M over the next ten years (2021-2031) to support Indigenous-led on-the-ground activities focused on conservation, restoration, enhanced ecosystem management and planning and capacity building, including research. - 2021 - 2031 Environment and Climate Change Canada
Low Carbon Economy Challenge

The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund. It leverages Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada's clean growth and climate action plans.

The Challenge is divided into two streams: the Champions stream (approximately $450 million) and the Partnerships stream (up to $50 million).

$ 25,000,000 March 2018 - March 2025 Environment and Climate Change Canada
Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative The Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) will help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete on the global stage. The Initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following three objectives: 1. to green their operations and adopt environmentally sustainable practices; 2. to improve productivity; 3. to strengthen commercialization while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains. - 2021 - March 2024 Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) - Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSUP) stream Funding under this stream provides no-interest, repayable contributions up to $500,000 (including Indigenous businesses) to help accelerate the growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to help companies become globally competitive. $ 500,000 Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) - Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario (TMINO) Funding under this stream of REGI, provides repayable contributions to established manufacturing businesses of 500 or fewer employees to modernize the manufacturing process and increase productivity. $ 15,000 Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) -Regional Innovation Ecosystem stream Funding under this stream of REGI provides non-repayable contributions to not-for-profit organizations to help create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation, as well as the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies. The stream prioritizes regional economic stakeholders who promote the entrepreneurial talent of underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs. - Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
The Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP) Through its Northern Ontario Development Program, FedNor invests in projects led by municipalities, First Nations, and other organizations and institutions that support community economic development, diversification, job creation and self-reliant communities in Northern Ontario. Also included as part of NODP is the Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario. Funding under this stream provides non repayable contributions to rural municipalities and Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario to hire an economic development officer. - Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program - South

Supports First Nation communities south of the 60°N to identify, assess and respond to the health impacts of climate change.

In B.C., contact the First Nations Health Authority for information.

$ 100,000 Ongoing Indigenous Services Canada
Contaminated Sites on Reserve Program (CSOR) This program supports First Nations with the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites on their reserve land. $ 10,000,000 Ongoing Indigenous Services Canada
First Nations Baseline Assessment Program on Health and the Environment Supports Indigenous communities in doing research/studies including baseline environmental health research in advance of projects being proposed/started. - Ongoing Indigenous Services Canada
First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program Supports First Nations communities south of 60 to identify, investigate and characterize environmental hazards with potential for human health impacts through community-based monitoring, research, risk assessment and risk communication. - Ongoing Indigenous Services Canada
First Nations Solid Waste Management Initiative This program supports First Nations to develop sustainable waste management systems by investing in modern infrastructure, facility operations, training, awareness and partnerships. Variable 2021 - 2028 Indigenous Services Canada
Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects (ICCE) The ICCE is an Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization supporting the technical and scientific capacity of Indigenous communities to address cumulative effects. $ 175,000 - Indigenous Services Canada
Active Transportation Fund The Active Transportation Fund (ATF) is a national, direct-application based contribution program intended to support projects that improve active transportation infrastructure across Canada. The Fund will make available $400 million over five years to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, as well as support Active Transportation planning and stakeholder engagement activities. Variable 2021-2026 Infrastructure Canada
Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund Direct delivery contribution program aimed at strengthening the resilience of Canadian communities, through investments in public infrastructure projects designed to mitigate current and future climate-related risks and disasters triggered by natural hazards (e.g., flood, erosion, wildland fire). There is up to 100% federal cost-share available for Indigenous recipients. For more information, consult applicant guideline at Infrastructure Canada - Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund: Applicant guide Variable July 2021- December 2032 Infrastructure Canada
Green and Inclusive Building This program incudes retrofits, repairs, upgrades and new builds, which would support good jobs and local economic growth, contribute to climate objectives and serve populations that have been particularly affected by COVID-19. Variable 2021-2026 Infrastructure Canada
Rural Transit Solutions Fund The Rural Transit Solutions Fund is the first federal fund to target the development of transit solutions in rural and remote communities. It supports the development of locally-driven transit solutions that will help people living in rural communities get to work, school, appointments, and visit loved ones. Variable 2021-2026 Infrastructure Canada
Zero Emission Transit Fund Through the Zero Emission Transit Fund, the Government of Canada is investing $2.75 billion over five years, starting in 2021, to support public transit and school bus operators plan for electrification, support the purchase of zero emission buses and build supporting infrastructure, including charging infrastructure and facility upgrades. Variable 2021-2026 Infrastructure Canada
Clean Growth Hub The Clean Growth Hub is an advisory service to help clean technology producers and adopters navigate federal programs and services to advance clean tech projects. - Ongoing Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
2 Billion Trees program (2BT) 2BT funds tree-planting activities across the supply chain (from sourcing seeds to monitoring trees) to achieve the program goal of planting 2 billion trees by 2031. Program has a $500,000,000 Indigenous stream and supports capacity building for Indigenous organizations and communities. $ 40,000,000 February 2021 - March 2031 Natural Resources Canada
Canada Greener Homes Grant Grants up to $5,000 per home for energy-efficient retrofits, supported by pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations worth up to $600. 10% of program funds are set aside for Indigenous governments and organizations who would like to retrofit a large number of homes (e.g., community-scale). They may submit a single application to streamline the registration process and access program funds through one funding agreement. $ 5,600 May 2021 - March 2027 Natural Resources Canada
Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Provides non-repayable contributions for projects that reduce reliance on diesel and other fossil fuels in rural and remote communities by supporting the installation or retrofit of proven biomass-based heating or combined heat and power systems for community or industrial applications. $ 5,000,000 - Natural Resources Canada
Clean Fuels Fund - Indigenous-led Production Projects Provides support to build out new domestic clean fuel production capacity (e.g. hydrogen, advanced ethanol, renewable diesel, renewable natural gas), as well as support to undertake feasibility and FEED studies Variable 2021 - 2026 Natural Resources Canada
Energy advisor recruitment, training and mentorship Funding to support innovative projects to recruit and train new EnerGuide energy advisors across Canada, with a focus on increasing the diversity and representation of the existing workforce. 10% of funding is being targeted to Indigenous organizations. This funding is a component of the Canada Greener Homes Grant. $ 200,000 May 2021 - March 2026 Natural Resources Canada
Indigenous Forestry Initiative The Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) provides financial support to Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada's forest sector. - April 2020 - March 2023 Natural Resources Canada
Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways - Capacity Building Stream The Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways (SREPs) capacity building stream, will provide funding for projects that build knowledge and skills related to renewable energy and grid modernization technologies, and also support equity, diversity and inclusion activities. These projects will enable communities and individuals to participate in the Canadian electricity and energy sector's transition to low carbon. SREPs aims to support projects across the country while encouraging the participation and leadership of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. $ 50,000,000 2021 - 2025 Natural Resources Canada
The Energy Innovation Program

The EIP advances clean energy technologies that will help Canada meet its climate change targets, while supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. It funds research, development and demonstration projects, and other related scientific activities. Individual targeted calls and specific collaboration and investments programs under EIP will support Clean Energy Innovation across four Missions:

  1. improving efficiency and processes to reduce emissions from energy end-use;
  2. accelerating electrification and maximize benefits of low-emitting heat and power;
  3. developing cleaner hydrocarbon and renewable fuels pathways
  4. maintaining safe and resilient energy systems to protect Canadians in the changing energy landscape.
Variable Ongoing Natural Resources Canada
The Energy Innovation Program - Clean Fuels and Industrial Fuel Switching

The EIP - Clean Fuels and Industrial Fuel Switching stream will work to accelerate the development of technologies that can decarbonize industry. It will target industrial fuel switching and production of clean fuels for use in hard-to-abate sectors, focusing specifically on three technology areas:

  1. industrial fuel switching;
  2. clean fuels production;
  3. hydrogren codes and standards.
Variable 2022 - 2027 Natural Resources Canada
Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program Offers funding to support the installation of localised EV chargers (level 2 and higher) in locations such as multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces, public places and on-street, as well as hydrogen refuelling stations. Variable 2019 - 2024 Natural Resources Canada
Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) The Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) will help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete on the global stage. The Initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following three objectives: 1) to green their operations and adopt environmentally sustainable practices 2) to improve productivity 3) to strengthen commercialization while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains Variable August 2021 - March 2024 Pacific Economic Development Canada
Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) The BSP program, under the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, supports incorporated high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, series, or technologies. Applicants must be operating in Western Canada for a minimum of 2 years. It offers interest free repayable funding to incorporated businesses. Preference may be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than 500 full-time employees (FTEs). $ 5,000,000 Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) "The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) aims to help communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a national investment of $500 million over 2 years, the Fund's purpose is to support not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities: build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets; bring people back to public spaces safely as health measures ease; create jobs and stimulate local economies. The Fund is being delivered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs)." $ 750,000 2021 - 2023 Pacific Economic Development Canada
Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) The CEDD program supports economic development initiatives that contribute to the economic growth and diversification of communities across the western provinces. Through this program, PrairiesCan and PacifiCan enables communities to leverage their capacity and strengths to: - respond to economic development opportunities - adjust to changing and challenging economic circumstances (e.g. inter-city bus transportation, wildfires and floods) Variable Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Community Futures (CF) PacifiCan provides annual operating funding to 34 CFs across British Columbia for community and business development outside of urban centres. Services include, strategic economic planning, technical and advisory services, as well as loans, to small and medium-sized businesses. In some cases, CFs also deliver specialized programming, such as the Indigenous Business Development Services or the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. In addition, four CFs are also Aboriginal Financial Institutions, serving a majority of Indigenous clients and businesses, that are either Indigenous-controlled or have Indigenous board members. - Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) British Columbians with disabilities can access a network of business professionals and other resources through PacifiCan's Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP).The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) provides business information, training and development, mentoring, and one-on-one counseling services. - Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Francophone Economic Development Organizations (FEDO) PacifiCan provides support to the Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDEBC). FEDOs provide enhanced services to Francophones including training, business and community economic development, access to capital, information services, marketing advice, networking and mentoring. The FEDO have a continuing province-wide mandate to enhance the vitality of Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) and assist in their economic development. The FEDO also provide services to Francophone-Metis entrepreneurs and communities.
- Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) PacifiCan's  Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) provides targeted business services, to new and existing Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses organizations inBritish Columbia. IBDS deliver early-stage entrepreneurial and business training, pathfinding services to business programs offered by other organizations, enable clients to better utilize other programs and engage with Indigenous communities and other business development organizations. - Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) The Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The Fund, delivered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over 3 years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria. In the West, Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) and Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) are investing $217 million to help job creators and the organizations that support them to future-proof their businesses, build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs in every corner of the country. Variable August 2021 - March 2024 Pacific Economic Development Canada
Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) The regional development agencies (RDAs) are delivering the RIE program across Canada, in their respective regions. The Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) program stream aims to create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs throughout the innovation continuum, and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness. Through RIE, we are making targeted investments in not-for-profit organizations that support businesses in priority sectors to innovate, grow and compete globally. This program also fosters inclusive growth through supporting under-represented groups, mainly women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs, to more fully participate in the innovation economy. RIE is open to not-for-profit organizations that support businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs, for start-up, growth, productivity, technology commercialization, technology adoption, and export and investment attraction. By providing funds to advance the development of regional innovation ecosystems, RDAs are delivering on the Budget 2018 commitment to grow the western Canadian economy. This will ensure Canada's prosperity for decades to come. The RIE program stream builds on the federal government's Innovation and Skills Plan. This plan helps make Canada a world-leading centre for innovation that creates well-paying jobs and grows the middle class. Variable Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Small Business Services (SBS) Small Business Services centres help British Columbians start and grow their businesses by meeting the demands of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses for integrated information on government services, programs, and regulations. Services also include market research, training and access to expertise. SBS serves a diverse population and underrepresented groups, such as Indigenous entrepreneurs. - Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) The Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) builds capacity for local, economically-sustainable clean energy projects in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and support economic development opportunities. PacifiCan is one of several federal departments and agencies partners for the SPI program. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is the lead department. Variable 2021 - 2024 Indigenous Services Canada
Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) The Tourism Relief Fund supports tourism entities in strategically adapting their products and services to adjust to public health requirements, while planning for, and investing in, recovery efforts for future growth. The Fund will focus on empowering tourism entities to seize opportunities in domestic markets, and helping the sector reposition itself for international visitors as the country prepares to safely re-open. $ 500,000 August 2021 - March 2023 Pacific Economic Development Canada
Women's Enterprise Initiative (WEI) PacifiCan provides support to the Women's Enterprise Initiative (WEI), helping women entrepreneurs in British Columbia to achieve their business goals. I. The WEIs deliver specialized business services to women entrepreneurs by providing them loans, business counseling and skills training to start, scale up and grow their businesses. - Ongoing Pacific Economic Development Canada
Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) The Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI) will help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete on the global stage. The Initiative will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the following three objectives: 1) to green their operations and adopt environmentally sustainable practices 2) to improve productivity 3) to strengthen commercialization while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains Variable August 2021 - March 2024 Prairies Economic Development Canada
Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) The BSP program, under the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, supports incorporated high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, series, or technologies. Applicants must be operating in Western Canada for a minimum of 2 years. It offers interest free repayable funding to incorporated businesses. Preference may be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than 500 full-time employees (FTEs). $ 5,000,000 Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) The CEDD program supports economic development initiatives that contribute to the economic growth and diversification of communities across the western provinces. Through this program, PrairiesCan and PacifiCan enables communities to leverage their capacity and strengths to: - respond to economic development opportunities - adjust to changing and challenging economic circumstances (e.g. inter-city bus transportation, wildfires and floods) Variable Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Community Futures (CF) PrairiesCan provides annual operating funding to 56 CFs across the prairies for community and business development outside of urban centres. Services include, strategic economic planning, technical and advisory services, as well as loans, to small and medium-sized businesses. In some cases, CFs also deliver specialized programming, such as the Indigenous Business Development Services or the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. In addition, 9 of the CFs are also Aboriginal Financial Institutions, serving a majority of Indigenous clients and businesses, that are either Indigenous-controlled or have Indigenous board members. - Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) PrairiesCan provides annual operating funding to 8 organizations serving urban and rural entrepreneurs with disabilities across the West. Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) organizations provide business information, training and development, mentoring, and one-on-one counseling services to entrepreneurs in the prairies living with a disability. - Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Francophone Economic Development Organizations (FEDO) PrairiesCan provides annual operating funding to three organizations, one in each of the prairie provinces. FEDOs provide enhanced services to Francophones including training, business and community economic development, access to capital, information services, marketing advice, networking and mentoring. The FEDO have a continuing province-wide mandate to enhance the vitality of Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) and assist in their economic development. The FEDO also provide services to Francophone-Metis entrepreneurs and communities.
- Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) PrairiesCan provides annual operating funding to three organizations, one in each of the prairie provinces. Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) provides targeted business services, to new and existing Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses organizations. IBDS deliver early-stage entrepreneurial and business training, pathfinding services to business programs offered by other organizations, enable clients to better utilize other programs and engage with Indigenous communities and other business development organizations. - Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) The Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The Fund, delivered by Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over 3 years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria. In the West, Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) and Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) are investing $217 million to help job creators and the organizations that support them to future-proof their businesses, build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs across the region. $ 10,000,000 August 2021 - March 2024 Prairies Economic Development Canada
Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) The regional development agencies (RDAs) are delivering the RIE program across Canada, in their respective regions. The Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) program stream aims to create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs throughout the innovation continuum, and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness. Through RIE, we are making targeted investments in not-for-profit organizations that support businesses in priority sectors to innovate, grow and compete globally. This program also fosters inclusive growth through supporting under-represented groups, mainly women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs, to more fully participate in the innovation economy. RIE is open to not-for-profit organizations that support businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs, for start-up, growth, productivity, technology commercialization, technology adoption, and export and investment attraction. By providing funds to advance the development of regional innovation ecosystems, RDAs are delivering on the Budget 2018 commitment to grow the western Canadian economy. This will ensure Canada's prosperity for decades to come. The RIE program stream builds on the federal government's Innovation and Skills Plan. This plan helps make Canada a world-leading centre for innovation that creates well-paying jobs and grows the middle class. Variable Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Small Business Services (SBS) PrairiesCan provides annual operating funding to three centres, one in each of the prairie provinces. Small Business Services centres help western Canadians start and grow their businesses by meeting the demands of entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses for integrated information on government services, programs, and regulations. Services also include market research, training and access to expertise. SBS serves a diverse population and underrepresented groups, such as Indigenous entrepreneurs. One of the SBS centres also delivers the Indigenous Business Development Services program. - Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) The Tourism Relief Fund supports tourism entities in strategically adapting their products and services to adjust to public health requirements, while planning for, and investing in, recovery efforts for future growth. The Fund will focus on empowering tourism entities to seize opportunities in domestic markets, and helping the sector reposition itself for international visitors as the country prepares to safely re-open. $ 500,000 August 2021 - March 2023 Prairies Economic Development Canada
Women's Enterprise Initiative (WEI) PrairiesCan provides annual operating funding to three WEI organizations, one in each of the  prairie provinces. The WEIs deliver specialized business services to women entrepreneurs by providing them loans, business counseling and skills training to start, scale up and grow their businesses. - Ongoing Prairies Economic Development Canada
SD Tech Fund, Seed Fund Supports Canadian companies – clean technology trailblazers – who are leaders in their efforts to develop and demonstrate new technologies that will deliver economic and environmental benefits to Canada. - Ongoing Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program The Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program provides funding through point of sale incentives for purchase or leased eligible ZEVs to increase the adoption of ZEVs across Canada and as a means to reduce air pollution and/or greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. $ 5,000 May 2019 - March 2025 Transport Canada
Indigenous Participant Funding Program The Indigenous Participant Funding Program funds projects and initiatives designed to support the capacity of Indigenous communities and organizations to participate in Canadian Navigable Waters Act and Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act processes which include measures aimed at supporting the objectives of the Government's commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. $ 7,500 2019 - 2023 Transport Canada
National Trade Corridors Fund Helps fund transportation infrastructure projects in Canada. Help the transportation system to: withstand the effects of climate change and better adapt to new technologies and innovation. Address the transportation needs of Arctic and northern communities. - 2017 - March 31, 2028 Transport Canada
Small Business Services (SBS) In Ontario, SBS provides business information and services from both the federal and provincial governments — all at no cost. Whether you're starting a new business, growing an established company or adapting to changes, SBS is your business information connection. - Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD)

Funding under the CEDD stream aims to generate sustainable, inclusive growth and help small and rural communities in southern Ontario to fully participate in, and benefit from economic opportunities. Funding is available to:

  • Enhance business attraction, investment, retention and employment opportunities in southern Ontario communities.
  • Develop and expand collaborative efforts that strengthen regional competitiveness.
  • Support regional businesses, hubs and communities with the goal of economic diversification, integration and transformation.
$5,000,000 Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) The Tourism Relief Fund supports tourism entities in strategically adapting their products and services to adjust to public health requirements, while planning for, and investing in, recovery efforts for future growth. The Fund will focus on empowering tourism entities to seize opportunities in domestic markets, and helping the sector reposition itself for international visitors as the country prepares to safely re-open. $500,000 April 2021 - March 2023 Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) -Regional Innovation Ecosystem stream Funding under this stream of REGI provides non-repayable contributions to not-for-profit organizations to help create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation, as well as the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies. The stream prioritizes regional economic stakeholders who promote the entrepreneurial talent of underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs. $10,000,000 Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) - Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSUP) stream Funding under this stream helps to accelerate the growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to help companies become globally competitive. The stream prioritizes regional economic stakeholders who promote the entrepreneurial talent of underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs. $10,000,000 Ongoing Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
First Nation Infrastructure Fund (FNIF)

The First Nation Infrastructure Fund (FNIF) helps First Nations communities upgrade and increase public infrastructure to improve the quality of life and the environment in First Nations communities.

The FNIF targets infrastructure categories with long-standing community needs, including structural mitigation infrastructure that reduce the risk to communities from natural hazards such as floods and wildfires, as well as energy systems infrastructure that helps transition communities from fossil fuel to clean, reliable and affordable energy systems such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.

$10,000,000 ongoing Indigenous Services Canada
Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program - North Supports First Nation north of 60° and Inuit communities, across the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut, to identify, assess and respond to the health impacts of climate change. Variable Ongoing Indigenous Services Canada
Participant Funding Program (PFP)

The Participant Funding Program helps the public and Indigenous peoples participate and share valuable insight, perspectives and knowledge during an assessment process.

Supporting the participation of the public and Indigenous groups by reducing financial barriers means that assessments can be more open, balanced, credible and of higher quality.

Variable Ongoing Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
Indigenous Capacity Support Program (ICSP) The Indigenous Capacity Support Program provides funding to Indigenous communities and organizations to support capacity building in Indigenous communities so they can better participate in current and future assessments. This funding is provided outside the context of specific project reviews. Variable Ongoing Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
Policy Dialogue Program The Policy Dialogue Program helps the public and Indigenous peoples share their expertise or provide Indigenous knowledge relevant to the development of policies, methodologies or tools related to assessments. Variable Ongoing Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
Research Program The Research Program aims to advance the science of assessments by supporting research on best practices using a multidisciplinary approach, forging partnerships and sharing ideas. This work helps Canada remain a world leader in conducting robust assessments that support sustainable development. Variable Ongoing Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
Climate Change and Health Adaptation Capacity Building Program (HealthADAPT)

HealthADAPT, a multi-year program managed by Health Canada, is providing $3 million over three years to support projects at local, regional, and provincial and territorial levels of the Canadian health sector to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.

This program supports the human health and well-being objectives of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

HealthADAPT, a multi-year program managed by Health Canada, is providing $3 million over three years to support projects at local, regional, and provincial and territorial levels of the Canadian health sector to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.

This program supports the human health and well-being objectives of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

- 2018-2023 Health Canada
Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund The Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund invests in projects that address the impact of climate change on human health in Canada by increasing capacity to respond to climate-driven zoonotic (diseases that can be transmitted from animals and bugs to humans), food-borne and water-borne infectious diseases. This includes surveillance and monitoring as well education and awareness activities to help equip individuals, communities and health professionals to take action to prevent or reduce risks. $2,000,000 2017-2028 Public Health Agency of Canada
Rail Safety Component - Community Participation Funding Program The Community Participation Funding Program – Rail Safety Component (CPFP-RS) helps eligible local and Indigenous communities and organisations to take part in developing and improving Canada's rail transportation system. -   Transport Canada
Arctic and Northern Challenge program The Arctic and Northern Challenge program provides funding for research to addresses pressing issues impacting the quality of life of Northern peoples. The program is committed to prioritizing Northern-led research projects that have a strong focus on Northern capacity building. By providing both research funding and scientific expertise, the program will support strong and sustainable Northern communities through applied technology and innovation. Variable 2022-2029 National Research Council Canada (NRC)
Natural Infrastructure Fund The program will be implemented through a two-stream approach that supports projects of diverse sizes, which will increase the use and awareness of the opportunities of natural or hybrid infrastructure to deliver multiple community services and co-benefits. To be announced 2021–2024 Infrastructure Canada
Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) administers AFSAR funding that supports terrestrial stewardship projects. The objectives of AFSAR are to support and promote the conservation, protection and recovery of target species and their habitats on Indigenous lands or lands where traditional food, social, and ceremonial activities are carried out by Indigenous peoples and support the engagement and leadership of Indigenous peoples in the conservation and recovery of the target species, their habitats. $50,000 Ongoing Environment and Climate Change Canada

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