Environmental funding programs

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

Indigenous Peoples and Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) play a key role in wildlife conservation. The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) supports Indigenous capacity with respect to species at risk. It also funds projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.

More information on the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives

This funding program aims to improve the health, productivity and long-term sustainability of ecosystems in Atlantic Canada.  The program supports projects that use an ecosystem-based approach that includes partnerships and collaboration and that leads to positive environmental results.  We fund projects that:

  • enhance integrated ecosystem planning and decision-making
  • increase ecosystem knowledge and science
  • restore and enhance the health of priority ecosystems in Atlantic Canada

More information on the Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives

Community Interaction Program

This is a funding program that promotes community projects that conserve and improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem. The program is part of the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026.

More information on the Community Interaction Program

EcoAction Community Funding Program

This 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, projects must address fresh water environmental priorities listed in the Call for Proposals. We fund projects that:

  • lead to tangible environmental results
  • engage the community to improve the environment
  • increase environmental awareness and capacity in communities

More information on the EcoAction Community Funding Program

Environmental Damages Fund

The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is a national funding program. EDF helps ensure that those who harm the environment are held responsible for their actions. The fund receives money from the legal system and funds projects that benefit Canada’s natural environment.

More information on the Environmental Damages Funds

Great Lakes Protection Initiative

This initiative addresses the most significant environmental challenges affecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health. The projects we fund help us deliver on Canada’s commitments under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

We fund projects that:

  • restore Areas of Concern
  • prevent toxic and nuisance algae
  • reduce releases of harmful chemicals
  • engage Indigenous Peoples
  • engage the public through citizen science

More information on the Great Lakes Protection Initiative

Habitat Stewardship Program

The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) funds projects that contribute directly to the recovery of species at risk. Environment and Climate Change Canada administers the funding for terrestrial stewardship projects. Fisheries and Oceans Canada administers the funding for aquatic stewardship projects.

More information on the Habitat Stewardship Program

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

Large and frequent algal blooms in Lake Winnipeg are the result of high nutrient levels from transboundary sources such as agriculture, industry, municipal wastewater and surface run-off.  In order to improve the ecological health of the lake and its basin, we funds projects that:

  • reduce nutrient loading
  • enhance collaboration
  • support enhanced engagement of Indigenous Peoples

More information on the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

Low Carbon Economy Fund

The Low Carbon Economy Fund is a 2 billion dollar funding program over 2017-2022. Projects that are to be considered under the Fund will reduce emissions, create jobs and save Canadians and companies money by making homes and buildings more efficient; help companies innovate or use technologies to reduce their emissions; and support the forest and agriculture sectors to enhance stored carbon in forests and soils.

More information on the Low Carbon Economy Fund

Natural Heritage Conservation Program

This program seeks proposals to develop, coordinate, and deliver national level projects that will help conservation organizations acquire and protect ecologically sensitive private lands.

More information on the Natural Heritage Conservation Program

Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge

This is part of Canada’s Nature Fund. It aims to help provinces and territories, Indigenous people, and the private and non-profit sectors work together on the 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets. All of these groups are encouraged to submit applications for conservation activities that complement and contribute to Target 1 (“By 2020, at least 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water, and 10% of coastal and marine areas, are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.”)

More information on the Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge

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