Environmental Damages Fund - Applicant Guide

This guide includes general Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) program information, specific information on how to complete an application for EDF funding, and instructions on how to apply using the online Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS).

Please contact the EDF office in your region to learn more about available funds in your area.


About the Environmental Damages Fund

The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is a specified purpose account administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), on behalf of the Government of Canada, to direct funds received from fines, penalties, court orders and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit Canada’s natural environment. Through its support of these projects, the EDF helps to ensure environmental good follows environmental harm.

ECCC collaborates with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, and Transport Canada to deliver the program. These federal departments are responsible for the enforcement of legislation that may be used to direct funds to the EDF such as, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

The primary goal of EDF-funded projects is to restore the environment and conserve wildlife and habitats in a scientifically sound, cost-effective, and technically feasible way.

Applicant guide overview

In this applicant guide, you will find:

Contact the EDF office in your region to learn more about available funds in your area (see the end of this guide for contact information).

Applicant eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must be not-for-profit, and may include:

Applicants must provide an identification number for their organization in their proposal, such as a Charitable Number, Non-Profit Organization Registration Number or First Nations Band Number.

Ineligible applicants

Ineligible applicants include:

Project eligibility

EDF funding is available for projects that fall into one or more of the following four EDF funding categories:


Environmental Quality Improvement

Research and Development

Education and Awareness

Project applications must clearly show how they satisfy the Fund Use Requirements, which are listed with each available funding amount (EDF available funds page). Projects that do not clearly show that they satisfy all aspects of the applicable Fund Use Requirements will not be eligible for funding. For examples of funded projects, see our EDF project map.

EDF Calls for Proposals are competitive processes. Applicants must clearly explain all project details and expected results. The level of detail provided in your application must support the complexity of your project.

An eligible EDF proposal:

Ineligible projects and activities

The following types of activities are not eligible to receive funding from the EDF:

Please note, this is not a comprehensive list. If you are unsure about any of the examples listed above or the eligibility of your project and activities, please contact the EDF office in your region.

Available funding and deadlines

Available funding varies according to the number of fines and voluntary contributions directed to the EDF. In its sentencing decision, the court may recommend a specific recipient, location, and/or a specific project category and scope to be funded by a fine. This information is considered in the assessment of fines and in the preparation of Fund Use Requirements.

To determine if funds are available in your area, visit the EDF available funds page, the online application portal (GCEMS), or contact the EDF office in your region. To receive an email notification when new EDF funding is available, please ask the EDF office in your region to add you to the distribution list.

EDF funding is available to cover up to 100% of eligible project costs. The EDF does not require matching/partner funds; however, evidence of other project funding sources (i.e., additional contributions) or demonstration of your organization’s ability to raise funds from sources other than the federal government (i.e., in a past project) will be considered a project strength at the proposal evaluation stage. Evidence of matching funds can include signed/dated letters of cash and/or in-kind support, as well as confirmation through email messages. It is recommended that matching contribution values be indicated in these letters. There is no required format for letters of support, but you can contact the EDF office in your region to obtain a template. Applicants can demonstrate their ability to raise non-federal funds by providing reliable evidence from past projects (i.e., letters, budget summaries).

Maximum project duration

There is no maximum EDF project duration; however, the average EDF project is completed within three (3) years and typically does not exceed five (5) years.

Application deadline

The deadline for submitting a funding application using the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) portal is 15:00:00 Eastern Time, on the date indicated on the available funds page and in GCEMS.

Application Process

STEP 1: Confirm available funds and project eligibility

Log into GCEMS using your GCKey to access the application. You can create a new GCKey if you have not applied to EDF before by following the onscreen prompts.

Review the Fund Use Requirements on the EDF available funds page associated with each available fund. Ensure your project activities satisfy all of those requirements and that proposed project activities are eligible EDF expenditures. For questions or clarification, please contact the EDF office in your region.

Should you be unable to submit your application using GCEMS, please contact the EDF office in your region. Please note, we aim to respond to all enquiries within three (3) to five (5) business days, depending on volume.

For any technical issues related to website functionality and access (e.g., GCKey and SWIM), GCEMS technical support can be reached at sgesc-gcems-sgesc-gcems@ec.gc.ca.

STEP 2: Prepare your funding application using the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS)

Develop your EDF funding proposal using the GCEMS online portal and visit the GCEMS application instructions page for technical assistance documents, tutorials, and support throughout your application preparation.

As the website will automatically log applicants out after 15 minutes of inactivity, you are strongly advised to save your draft proposal in GCEMS frequently or to copy and paste content from an external document to avoid losing your work.

If desired, contact the EDF office in your region prior to the application deadline to discuss the application process with an EDF Program Officer. Officers can also help provide advice/information on:

Please note, EDF Program Officers can only provide guidance if it pertains to the above-listed information. To ensure transparency and fairness for all applicants, they will not provide general input or feedback on potential projects.

A strong EDF proposal:

STEP 3: Submit your application

Your application must be submitted in GCEMS before the stated deadline: 15:00:00 Eastern Time. The EDF does not accept applications via email, mail or fax. Once you have submitted your proposal, you will receive an email from GCEMS acknowledging the receipt of your submission.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact sgesc-gcems-sgesc-gcems@ec.gc.ca.

Following the project review phase, you will receive notification on the funding decision of your proposal. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact EDF-FDE2@ec.gc.ca.

When contacting ECCC about a proposal, always reference the GCEMS proposal ID number associated with the application.

Guide to completing an online application

The following information will enable you to complete an online project application for the EDF. Note, the EDF Applicant Guide is not a technical guide for navigating GCEMS, but rather provides EDF program-specific information to ensure project proposals meet the EDF program eligibility. For any questions regarding navigating GCEMS, please contact: sgesc-gcems-sgesc-gcems@ec.gc.ca.

Module 1: Tombstone Data

Tombstone Data is a summary of organizational and contact information that auto-populates various modules of your GCEMS application. You must complete all fields:

Module 2: Project Summary

Project summary

This module provides an overview of your project. All information is mandatory.

Project title

A short, descriptive title to identify your project.

Project start date/end date

When determining the proposed project start date, allow for additional time following the funding application deadline. Project start dates should be selected with considerations for the proposal evaluation process, program funding decisions, and funding agreement negotiation with the EDF if your project is successful. This process can take several months. Contact the EDF office in your region should you require further details or clarification.

Project location

Provide your project’s location, including information that links your project to any geographic priority regions identified in the Fund Use Requirements. Latitude and longitude coordinates are mandatory. If your project has multiple activity sites or is national in scope, note this in your application in the Project Description field and provide the coordinates for your organization’s head office or primary office location in Project Location.

Project goals/objectives

Clearly state the goal(s) and objective(s) of your project and how it will benefit the environment. Provide a clear description of specific and measurable (performance indicator) objectives that are achievable and realistic during the timeframe of the project.

Project description

Provide a summary description of your project, showing the link between the project, the stated goals, and the funding category. Identify the main purpose of your project by clearly explaining the environmental issue that the project will address and why it is important. Provide baseline information about the environmental issue that your project will address. Include details on how your project will help resolve the issue, and how the issue is linked to project objectives and indicators.

Explain how your project links to the priorities of the EDF, and its connection to the Fund Use Requirement. It is important that your summary be concise and include the key result(s) (performance indicator(s)) you expect to achieve with your project.

Project team experience

Describe any relevant qualifications and experiences of your project team members that could speak to the organization’s experience and ability to carry out your proposed project. Make clear connections on how the knowledge and experience of team members relate to the objectives you provided in the project description.

Financial capacity

Describe your organization’s financial capacity to manage this project. This could include outlining other sources of funding for your project in the budget module, such as letters of support to indicate support from partnering organization(s) through in-kind support. Additionally, this could include a brief summary of past successful projects, demonstrating your organization’s experience managing a project budget of similar size and scale.

Project management capacity

Describe your organization’s experience in managing and delivering projects. Provide details on the duties and responsibilities of the position(s) identified in the human resources section of the budget. Include who will work on the project (e.g., project coordinator, volunteers, consultants, technical experts, etc.) and their roles/qualifications. Identify relevant qualifications and experiences of the project team. This section is an opportunity to demonstrate your organization’s experience and ability to carry out the proposed project.

Module 3: Project Details

Identify the primary EDF funding category that your project will address by selecting one (1) funding category from the drop-down list. Use the details in the What projects may be funded section to help determine which EDF funding category best describes your project. Applicants are encouraged to select all EDF Performance Indicators that apply to your project; selecting at least one (1) indicator is required.

EDF funding categories

For examples of past-funded projects, please refer to the EDF project map.

  • #1: Restoration projects: Restoration of damage caused to the environment.
  • #2: Environmental quality improvement projects: Environmental quality is improved in areas where damage to the environment or wildlife habitat occurred.
  • #3: Research and development projects: Knowledge related to long-term environmental damage or damage to wildlife habitat is increased.
  • #4: Education and awareness projects: Awareness and knowledge of environmental damage restoration or compliance with environmental regulations is increased.

EDF available funds

Copy and paste the specific EDF available funds (the total EDF cash funding) that you are applying for. Include the location, funding amount available, and the Fund Use Requirements. Information on the available funds and proposal deadline can be found on the EDF available funds page. The wording in your application should match exactly what is stated on the EDF available funds page.

You may submit one funding application for a project that proposes to use multiple EDF available funds. You must clearly articulate how your proposed project respects the Fund Use Requirements of all the available EDF funds that you are applying for.

Project need

In 500 words or less, indicate why your project is needed within the local, regional and/or national context and how your project will deliver on the applicable EDF Fund Use Requirements. Describe the environmental issue being targeted and how your project will help resolve the issue, ensuring that the environmental issue is linked to project objectives, results, and indicators.

Project purpose

Complete the provided sentence (“This Environmental Damages Fund project will …”) in 150 words or less to describe the purpose of your project clearly and succinctly. Your sentence should include the project location and a clear summary of key project goals.

Example: This Environmental Damages Fund project will improve fish habitat through riverbank restoration in the (name of region and/or watershed) by (list main activities here).

Environmental responsibility

Explain what measures will be taken to ensure the natural environment will not be negatively affected by project activities. Groups must conduct activities in a manner that does not harm the natural environment and must explain how the natural environment will benefit from the project.

We may request additional information for technical review and/or for an environmental assessment under the Impact Assessment Act, if applicable.

Permits and authorizations

Explain the necessary permits and authorizations needed to carry out project activities. It is your responsibility to verify requirements and obtain any permits and/or approvals from other federal, provincial/territorial and/or municipal governments prior to starting activities. Any potential required permits and authorizations for the project must be identified in this section.

In addition, indicate whether the required permits or authorizations have been obtained. If the required permits have not yet been obtained, please ensure the approval timeline is included in your project work plan. Activities taking place on government or private land may also require a permit and/or approval. Successful applicants will be asked to provide authorization or permit copies to their regional EDF office.

Activities on Federal Lands

Indicate whether your project will involve Physical Activities (i.e., construction, modification, operation, expansion, abandonment, and decommissioning) on Federal Lands in relation to a Physical Work (structures that are built by humans and have a defined area and fixed location). If "Yes", please describe the proposed Physical Activities.

According to the Impact Assessment Act, "Federal Lands" are defined as:

  • lands that belong to His Majesty in right of Canada, or that His Majesty in right of Canada has the power to dispose of, and all waters on and airspace above those lands, other than lands under the administration and control of the Commissioner of Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut;
  • the following lands and areas:
    • the internal waters of Canada, in any area of the sea not within a province,
    • the territorial sea of Canada, in any area of the sea not within a province,
    • the exclusive economic zone of Canada, and
    • the continental shelf of Canada.
  • reserves, surrendered lands and any other lands that are set apart for the use and benefit of a band and that are subject to the Indian Act, and all waters on and airspace above those reserves or lands.

Priority groups

Indicate which EDF Priority Group(s) the project engages and select all that apply. Note that the engagement of these groups is not a requirement; however, engagement of priority groups will strengthen your proposal. The data collected may be used for proposal evaluation and reporting purposes. Program Priority Groups are defined as follows:

  • Indigenous Peoples are individuals who identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
  • youth are considered individuals in Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12; Maternelle-CÉGEP in Quebec)
  • small to medium-sized businesses are businesses with fewer than 500 paid employees

Applicants are encouraged to work with or engage underserved communities. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • visible minorities and diversity groups;
  • 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals or groups;
  • low-income communities;
  • new Canadians;
  • rural or remote communities;
  • individuals living with disabilities.

Project communications plan

Indicate the title of each planned communications activity, description, expected results, and the start and end date of the activity. Include all communications activities that will occur throughout the life of your project. Activities may be related to (but are not limited to) bringing awareness to the project or a project activity and announcing the project or a project activity’ results.
This section in the application will look like the following:
Title of Communications Activity Communication Activity Description Expected Results Start date End date
Enter the activity’s title in ten or less words (e.g., Community Volunteer Event Announcement). Enter the communications activity’s description in approximately 100 to 250 words. Enter the communications activity’s expected results in approximately 100 to 250 words. Results may include the number of people reached. Enter date of when the activity will begin. Enter date of when the activity will be completed.

EDF performance indicators

Performance indicators are measurable results that demonstrate how your project objectives will be met. Target values should represent outcomes for the entirety of your project. Ensure that your target project indicators are achievable within the timeframe of EDF funding. EDF Performance Indicators are sorted by the project funding category; however, an applicant should select any EDF Performance Indicators that apply to their project. All projects must include at least one (1) EDF Performance Indicator (recommended that the indicator is within the applicable funding category) presented in the tables of performance indicators below and must include a target value in the unit of measurement specified by the program in the tables below. For each indicator selected, use the text box provided to describe the methodology used to estimate and/or calculate the indicator value. Project applications that do not contain at least one (1) indicator and a description of the methodology will be ineligible.

Refer to the following table to identify and learn about EDF Performance Indicators:

Indicator – Restoration
Performance Indicator Description Target Units
Number of hectares where restoration activities have been implemented

Total area (in hectares) of natural environment where restoration of natural resources of similar ecological function to those affected has been implemented.

Convert linear kilometres to area by capturing the depth of work and not just the shoreline.

- # of hectares
Indicator – Environmental Quality Improvement
Performance Indicator Description Target Units
Number of hectares where environmental quality activities have been implemented

Total area (in hectares) of natural environment where the environmental quality of different natural resources than those affected is improved.

Convert linear kilometres to area by capturing the depth of work and not just the shoreline.

- # of hectares
Number of kilograms of toxic or harmful substances diverted or reduced

Measured by weight (in kilograms) of material diverted or reduced as a result of project activities.

Note: the EDF does not fund the restoration of contaminated sites or the removal of hazardous waste, including the extraction, cleanup, and/or transport of such materials.

- # of kilograms
Number of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reduced

Calculated per year in CO2 equivalent using the following tools for calculating and reporting emissions.

Includes: Carbon Dioxide (CO2); Methane (CH4); Nitrous Oxide (N2O); Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6).

- # of tonnes
Number of tonnes of emissions of air pollutants reduced

Calculated per year using the following tools for calculating and reporting emissions.

Includes: Sulphur Oxides (SOx); Nitrogen Oxides (NOx); Particulate Matter (PM); Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC); Carbon Monoxide (CO); and Ammonia (NH3).

- # of tonnes
Indicator – Research and Development
Performance Indicator Description Target Units
Number of methods, tools, and/or techniques developed to assess environmental damage
Total number of methods, tools, and/or techniques developed that can be used to assess environmental damage.
- # of methods/tools/techniques
Number of methods, tools, and/or techniques developed to restore environmental damage
Total number of methods, tools, and/or techniques developed that restore environmental damage.
- # of methods/tools/techniques
Number of methods, tools, and/or techniques applied to assess environmental damage
Total number of methods, tools, and/or techniques applied to assess environmental damage.
- # of methods/tools/techniques
Number of methods, tools, and/or techniques applied to restore environmental damage
Total number of methods, tools, and/or techniques applied to restore environmental damage.
- # of methods/tools/techniques
Area of habitat where monitoring/assessments/studies have been undertaken

Total area (in hectares) of natural environment where monitoring/assessments/ studies have been undertaken.

Convert linear kilometres to area by capturing the depth of work and not just the shoreline.

- # of hectares
Number of studies/reports/plans/ publications developed and distributed
Studies, reports, management plans or publications must be related to the development of methods or improved techniques for the assessment and measurement of environmental damage and the means to restore it. - # of Studies/ Reports/Plans/ Publications
Number of recommendations from studies, reports or management plans implemented

Studies, reports or management plans must relate to the use of methods or improved techniques for the assessment and measurement of environmental damage and means to restore it.

Proponents must provide a copy of the study/report/plan and report on what is being implemented.

- # of recommendations implemented
Number of partners engaged
Includes partnerships with various levels of government, individual researchers, non-profits, academia, and industry to build capacity for restoration and improved environmental quality. - # of partners
Indicator – Education and Awareness
Performance Indicator Description Target Units
Percentage of target audience that confirmed modification in behaviour as a result of project activity(ies)

Target audience’s awareness and understanding related to preventing or restoring environmental damage is increased as a result of project activities.

Pre and post surveys or other acceptable measurement methodologies are included as part of the project.

- % of target audience
Number of participants attending project activity(ies) Total number of individuals reached via project activities, including people attending the workshops, training sessions and other events organized. - # of people

Project accessibility and sustainability

Indicate how benefits to the environment and your community will be maintained after your project is completed. Additionally, provide any details on whether your organization has a knowledge transfer strategy for creating and sharing knowledge from the project, where appropriate, to support sustainable behaviour changes.

If you selected “Yes” in the drop-down menu to indicate that there is a knowledge transfer component to your project, please provide additional details on how the knowledge will be created and how it will be shared with the affected groups in your community.

Additionally, if you selected “Yes” in the drop-down menu to indicate that project materials will be produced in a language other than French or English, please indicate which language(s) (excluding English and French).

Health and safety

Describe how project activities will be delivered in a way that prevents risks to health and safety.

Potential risks to health and safety may include activities taking place on water, working with dangerous tools and materials and/or heavy machinery, and working in remote areas. Examples of prevention strategies include using an occupational health and safety plan, equipping project staff with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and outdoor safety equipment, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMIS) training if handling chemicals and/or hazardous materials.


Indicate how you heard about this Call for Proposals (e.g., email via the EDF distribution list, social media, Government of Canada website, colleague, or other). If selected “Other,” please specify.
If you would like to be added to the EDF distribution list in your region, please send a request to the appropriate regional EDF inbox. Contact details can be found on the EDF webpage or in the “Contact us” section below.

Indigenous organization identification

If your organization (Lead Applicant) is identified as an Indigenous organization in Module 1, indicate how you further describe your organization:

If "Other" is selected, insert your own identification description.

Equity diversity and inclusion

EDI stands for equity, diversity, and inclusion where:

If applicable, indicate how the principles of EDI will be considered and incorporated into your project. In addition, identify any concrete EDI-based practices that may be implemented during your project.

For example, you could describe how your project aims to ensure marginalized groups or individuals impacted by activities, or members of the target audience (e.g., youth, language minority communities) will be able to participate fully in project activities, as applicable. This could include the planning of virtual, or in-person activities, translation of products into various languages, braille, or providing sign language materials to ensure access of content to any given individual.

Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+)

GBA+ is an analytical tool used to support the development of responsive and inclusive policies, programs, and other initiatives. GBA+ is a process for understanding who is impacted by the issue or opportunity being addressed by the initiative; identifying how the initiative could be tailored to meet diverse needs of the people most impacted; and anticipating and mitigating any barriers to accessing or benefitting from the initiative. Additionally, GBA+ is an intersectional analysis that goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences to consider other factors, such as age, disability, education, ethnicity, economic status, geography (including rurality), language, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Please visit the Government of Canada’s Women and Gender Equality Canada webpage for more information on GBA+.

If applicable, describe how your project incorporates GBA+. This could include how GBA+ was considered when developing your project, and how GBA+ will be applied throughout your project.

You may consider the following questions in your response:

Pre-project engagement

Indicate if your organization has engaged or consulted with other groups, individuals, and/or communities (e.g., landowners, community groups, rural communities) who may be directly or indirectly impacted by the proposed project.

If the answer to the above is “Yes” (and your project is approved in principle), you will be required to provide letters of support from the groups engaged confirming engagement before a funding agreement will be finalized. These letters are not mandatory at the proposal stage but are highly recommended.

Regular and core activities

Briefly describe how your proposed project is distinct from your organization's regular and/or core activities, or ongoing initiatives. Please note, EDF funds cannot be used for regular and/or core organizational activities. Ongoing projects or the continuation of existing projects are not eligible for EDF funding. Proposed projects that have an expanded scope, geographic focus, and/or performance indicators may be framed as a new project phase, which would be eligible. A new phase must have a new beginning and end date. The proposed project must be able to track the performance indicators specifically from this new phase’s activities.  

Module 4: Project Budget

This module will present your project's financial details. Clearly state the total amount of EDF cash funding requested for your project.

You will be asked to provide information on all project funders and identify a Contributor Type for each in the Project Budget Table (including your funding request from the EDF and your own organization’s contribution to the project).

Please provide a “Contributor Name” in the text field. Other optional contributor types include: other ECCC support for your project, support from other federal government departments, provincial governments, municipal governments, Indigenous organizations, or others.

Cash funding requests from the EDF should be shown in the budget template under “ECCC” in the cash column.

Please note, in order to proceed to the next module, the “Amount Requested” must match what is stated in the project budget template. Prepare a budget using the budget tables provided in the online GCEMS application.

Please consider the following elements:

Tips for completing a strong budget:

Eligible costs

Costs related to the following types of expenses are eligible under the EDF program:

Please note, this is not a complete list. You can contact the EDF office in your region for any matter relating to this list or the eligibility of your project and activities.

Independently verified financial audit

Should your application be successful, details regarding financial reporting requirements (including potential completion of an Independently Verified Financial Report at the end of the project) will be outlined during the negotiation of the funding agreement.

The costs related to an Independently Verified Financial Report are eligible expenditures if deemed (by ECCC) a requirement for the funding agreement during the negotiation process. If not deemed a requirement, the estimated amounts for an Independently Verified Financial Report can be reallocated to other eligible project costs.

If you expect to spend more than $100,000 in any one fiscal year, it is recommended to include an estimate of the cost for an Independently Verified Financial Report in the application’s budget module, under the final year of the project. This audit cannot be conducted by your organization and must be completed by an external contractor.

Department audits

ECCC reserves the right to audit any EDF project at the Department’s own expense. Projects of all scope may be subject to an audit at any time. An audit could occur while projects are currently active, or after projects have ended.

Module 5: Project Work Plan

Complete the table to explain the activities that will be completed throughout the project. Indicate a title for each activity.

Include a general “activity category” (e.g., “engagement workshop”, “field work”, laboratory work”, “permitting”, “installing riparian buffer”, etc.) to frame the description of each activity. Provide details of the activities to be completed, timelines, techniques and/or methods, and the goals for each activity.

The work plan must include information on site-specific details (description), event schedules, seasonal timelines (start and end dates), etc. You may consider organizing activities and targets into quarters according to the following breakdown: April to June, July to September, October to December, and January to March.

You will need to clearly describe the link between your activities and the budget in your project proposal.

Module 6: Evaluation Plan and Performance Measures

Expected results

Present the expected results of your proposed project (i.e., the overall impact of your project) based on the project’s objectives and goals. Ensure that the expected results are achievable based on the project activities presented in the work plan.

Project evaluation plan

Describe how you will assess your project’s overall success (e.g., ongoing site visits, surveys of target audience, analysis of project results to baseline data, etc.). It is important to clearly demonstrate how overall project results will be captured.

Identify a specific evaluation plan to measure the progress and success of your project and the methodology that will be used to capture results.

Key performance indicators

Present the target value(s) for any additional performance indicators that demonstrate how your project objectives are met, if applicable.

Note, these indicators should be different than the EDF performance indicators listed in Module 3.

Module 7: Other Supporting Information

Providing the following supporting information is recommended. Should it not be provided at the time of submission, it may be required at a later date:

Additional letters not listed above that confirm other funding (both cash and in-kind) may be requested from successful applicants before a funding agreement can be signed and funds provided.

Note: Any information submitted after the deadline will not be considered in the application evaluation process.

Module 8: Official Languages

Completing the Official Languages module of the application is a mandatory requirement for all applications to ECCC funding programs. Applying organizations must respond to all questions by selecting “Yes” or “No”.

Information Required

Depending on your project’s audience, and in accordance with the Official Languages Act, you may be required to offer products and/or services to the public in both official languages. Ensure any associated costs (e.g., translation) pertaining to project delivery and/or promotion are included in the budget.

Module 9: Certification

Applicants must certify that the information stated in the application is complete and accurate.

Once your application is complete, submit it using GCEMS.

After submitting your application:

Acknowledgment of Receipt

Acknowledgment of receipt is automatically generated by GCEMS. If you did not receive an acknowledgment of receipt, you should contact GCEMS at sgesc-gcems-sgesc-gcems@ec.gc.ca to confirm that your application was received.


Once the Call for Proposals is closed, your application is reviewed by EDF regional teams to verify eligibility and to assess technical and scientific merit. All project proposals are subject to the same evaluation process and criteria and are reviewed to ensure that they provide sufficient information to adequately assess the proposal and that they meet eligibility requirements.

Following this administrative assessment, your project proposal is examined by a team of technical reviewers, which may include experts from ECCC, other federal government departments, or provincial departments (as applicable) to evaluate your application’s scientific and technical merit. The last step includes conducting a final evaluation of each of the applications received.

If your application is approved in principle, you will be contacted to negotiate a funding agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of the funding. Federal Members of Parliament and/or their team will be advised about the approval in principle of a project and be provided with the following information: applicant name, project title, project description, project location, funding amounts, communication activities, and contact information.

If your application is not approved, you will also be informed of this decision via email.

Any questions or comments may be directed to the EDF regional offices.

Contact Us

Please note, enquiries will be addressed in the order they are received. We aim to respond to all enquiries within three (3) to five (5) business days, depending on volume and complexity of the enquiries received.

East and Central Region

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island
E-mail: fde.est.centre-edf.east.central@ec.gc.ca

West and North Region

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon
E-mail: fdeouestnord-edfwestnorth@ec.gc.ca

National EDF Office  

E-mail: EDF-FDE2@ec.gc.ca

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