Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge

Overview

The Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge is part of Canada’s Nature Fund. It will leverage provinces and territories, Indigenous people and the private and non-profit sectors to collaborate towards making significant progress in meeting the terrestrial elements of Target 1 of Canada’s 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets. Target 1 states: "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." Proponents from across the public and private sectors, as well as provinces, territories and indigenous organizations are encouraged to submit applications for conservation activities that complement and contribute to Target 1.

Funding date

Effective start date of application period: 01-24-2019
Effective end date of application period: 03-29-2019 (11:59 P.M PST)

Contact email

ec.fdln-definf-challenge.ec@canada.ca

Objectives

The Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge is a four-year, open call for proposals.  Through this call for proposals, selected projects will lead to the direct establishment of Protected and Conserved areas, or Indigenous Protected and Conserved areas. The Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge will also incentivize new and innovative approaches to achieving Target 1. The call for proposals will be informed by advice provided by the National Advisory Panel, the Indigenous Circle of Experts, foundations who have expressed an interest in aligning resources with Canada's commitment to Target 1, discussion with federal/provicnial/territorial and Indigenous governments, local governments, and non-profit organizations under the Pathway to Canada Target 1.The Fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Expected results

The Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge expected results are:                                                                                        

  • promote and support enhanced collaboration on the establishment of new Protected and Conserved Areas and the enhancement of the ecological integrity and connectivity of Canada’s network
  • leverage federal investment by at least 1:1 (cash and in-kind) for all eligible recipients except Indigenous recipients where the required match would be at least 0.2:1 (cash and in-kind) for the establishment and administration of Protected and Conserved Areas and the enhancement of the integrity and connectivity of Canada’s network
  • develop and establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and other Protected and Conserved Areas in support of Target 1 and consistent with the objective of reconciliation

Priorities will include:

  • the proposed size of new Protected and Conserved Areas (i.e., contribution to coverage)
  • contribution to ecological integrity and connectivity
  • economic and cultural benefits
  • co-benefits to species at risk and addressing climate change

Eligible applicants

Eligible recipients for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas include:

  • provincial and territorial governments
  • domestic Indigenous organizations, governments, individuals, boards, commissions, communities, associations and authorities, including:
    • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations
    • district councils, Chiefs councils and Tribal councils
    • Indigenous research, academic and educational institutions
    • Indigenous for-profit organizations
    • domestic not-for-profit organizations, such as charitable and volunteer organizations, professional associations, and non-governmental organizations

Eligible recipients for other Protected and Conserved Areas include:

  • domestic or international not-for-profit organizations, such as charitable and volunteer organizations, professional associations, and non-governmental organizations
  • domestic or international Indigenous organizations, governments, individuals, boards, commissions, communities, associations and authorities, including:
    • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations
    • district councils, Chiefs councils and Tribal councils
    • Indigenous research, academic and educational institutions and
    • Indigenous for-profit organizations
    • domestic or international research, academic and educational institutions
    • Canadian or foreign individuals
    • domestic or international for-profit organizations, such as small businesses with less than 500 employees, companies, corporations, and industry associations
    • local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs
    • provincial, territorial, municipal and local governments and their agencies (e.g. crown corporations) and
    • foreign recipients which includes an international organization (an intergovernmental organization of which two or more states are members)

Geographic location

Funding is Canada-wide. Projects must take place on crown, private or Indigenous lands in Canada:  Indigenous lands include reserves and lands set apart for the use and benefit of Indigenous Peoples under the Indian Act or under section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867. Other lands directly controlled by Indigenous Peoples (e.g., Métis Settlement lands, and land claim/treaty settlement lands), and lands set aside in the Yukon and Northwest Territories pursuant to Cabinet Directive, circular No.27.

Eligible projects

Projects should contribute directly to, or support, enhanced coverage, ecological integrity and connectivity of Canada’s network of protected and conserved areas, and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.

Range of funding

The determination of the amount of the contribution is based on meeting the required level of match funding under each stream and limits prescribed under both the Stacking Limit and the Maximum Amount Payable sections. No more than 50% of the total eligible expenditures can come from the federal government with the exception of Indigenous recipients where no more than 80% of the total eligible expenditures can come from the federal government.

In all applications, the applicant will detail the total costs of proposed activities and identify other sources of funds. Matching funding of at least 0.2:1 for Indigenous recipients from non-federal sources ($0.20 confirmed match for each $1 of federal funding) and at least 1:1 for other recipients from non-federal sources ($1 confirmed match for each $1 of federal funding).  Match may include in-kind sources such as donations of land.

Frequently asked questions

What are the priorities for the Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge?
  • The proposed size of new Protected and Conserved Areas (i.e., contribution to coverage)
  • Develop and establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas
  • Contribution to ecological integrity and connectivity
  • Economic and cultural benefits and
  • Co-benefits to species at risk and addressing climate change
How will the projects be evaluated?

Projects will be evaluated based on mandatory and merit criteria, such as:

  • contributes towards achieving Pathway to Canada Target 1
  • contributes to Indigenous reconciliation and capacity building and
  • contributes to priority co-benefits
  • and, evaluation of the technical merit of the proposal may include consideration such as recipient experience/capacity, meeting previous commitments, maximizing private sector investment, and overall proposal quality
What are the co-benefits?

The co-benefits may include considerations such as recovery of species at risk, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and provision of ecosystem services.

What is the required match?

The required match is 1:1 (cash and in-kind) for all eligible recipients except Indigenous recipients where for the latter recipients require at least 0.2:1 (cash and in-kind) for the establishment and administration of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.

I have an idea for a project, can you tell me if I should consider applying to the Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge or not?

If you are interested in applying to the Pathway Challenge please contact the relevant Regional Coordinator to discuss your proposal in more detail. For more information, please contact your regional coordinator:                                                                                                                        •

  • Northern: Vicky Johnston (vicky.johnston@canada.ca)
  • Pacific: Blair Hammond (blair.hammond@canada.ca)
  • Prairie: Laura Hamilton (laura.hamilton@canada.ca)
  • Ontario: Laura Kucey (laura.kucey@canada.ca)
  • Québec: Josée De Guise (josee.deguise@canada.ca)
  • Atlantic: Sheri Faulkner-Jackson (sheri.faulkner@canada.ca)

Points to consider

  1. Projects may be national, regional or local in scope
  2. The maximum duration of a project is 4 years
  3. Up to a maximum of $10 million per recipient per year is available

Application instructions

To submit a formal proposal, visit the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) application instructions page.

If you have questions about how to use GCEMS, please contact the Target 1 Challenge Team at ec.fdln-definf-challenge.ec@canada.ca or your regional coordinator.

How do I apply to the Target 1 Challenge?

To apply to the Canada Nature Fund Target 1 Challenge, applicants must use Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Grants & Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS). This system provides a single window to all applications based funding opportunities by ECCC in one place, including the Canada Nature Fund Target 1 Challenge. To enter this system, applicants should create, or use an existing GCKey, which must be connected to an organization through the Single Window Information Manager (SWIM). For step-by-step guidance on this process please consult the GCEMS Technical Assistance Document or email ec.sgesc-gcems-sgesc-gcems.ec@canada.ca. Once applicants have logged into GCEMS successfully, they can begin working through the modules. Applicants are advised to save often in the modules, including when switching between pages, to avoid losing any work. As explained in the Canada Nature Fund Target 1 Challenge Formal Proposal Guide, there is an additional requirement to complete a supplementary form entitled Part B – Formal Proposal Form. Both the Formal Proposal Guide and the Part B form can be downloaded in the ‘Publications and Resources’ section of GCEMS. Part B must be completed separately in a word processor, and attached in the ‘Other Supporting Information’ section of GCEMS. 

Application guide

This guide will help applicants prepare their formal proposals to the Canada Nature Fund Target 1 Challenge. The guide contains instructions for everything the Target 1 Challenge requires from applicants. It also has information on eligibility for the Challenge, as well as how the Challenge scores applications for funding. We strongly encourage applicants to use this resource as they work through their formal proposals.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact your regional coordinator:

Northern: Vicky Johnston (vicky.johnston@canada.ca)

Pacific: Harp Gill (harp.gill@canada.ca)                        

Prairie: Laura Hamilton (laura.hamilton@canada.ca)

Ontario: Laura Kucey (laura.kucey@canada.ca)

Québec: Josée De Guise (josee.deguise@canada.ca)

Atlantic: Sheri Faulkner-Jackson (sheri.faulkner@canada.ca)

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