Lake Winnipeg Basin Program funding

The application submission period for funding under the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program is now closed. Please contact us by email at more information.


Funding is available through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program (LWBP) between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2026 to support outcome-focused actions that address program priorities:

Matching Requirements

The LWBP will provide up to one-third of the total project costs, however, in some cases up to two-thirds of total project costs may be funded. Priority will be given to projects with multiple funding sources and collaborative partnerships. In cases where other federal programs are providing financial support for the project, the total federal contribution must not exceed two thirds of the total cost of the project.

Potential sources of matching funds (cash and in-kind) and how collaborations are to be undertaken (e.g. contributions by the applicant, landowners or others involved in the project, use of equipment, expertise etc.) must be clearly outlined and described in the Project Budget.


Eligible projects

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Program will fund projects, implemented by domestic partners within the Canadian portion of the Lake Winnipeg Basin, that address at least one of the following three program priorities:

Nutrient Reduction:

Projects in the Lake Winnipeg Basin, in key geographic areas, that reduce phosphorus loading and increase public knowledge and engagement on water quality protection.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) may fund the following types of projects:

Priority will be given to projects:

Collaborative Governance:

Projects that encourage and strengthen collaborative efforts and decision making to improve water quality and reduce nutrient loading throughout the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

ECCC may fund projects that:

Indigenous Engagement:

Projects that enhance opportunities, capacity and the engagement of Indigenous governments, organizations and communities on Lake Winnipeg Basin freshwater and nutrient loading issues.

ECCC may fund projects that:

Activities NOT eligible for funding

Please note this is not a complete list. If you are unsure about the eligibility of your project, please contact the program for clarification.

Eligible applicants

Eligible costs

The following costs are ineligible:

Please note these are not complete lists. If you are unsure about eligible costs, please contact the program for clarification.

Application Process

Applicants must submit their project application using the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS), ECCC’s online application system. 

Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS)

GCEMS Applicant User Guide: The GCEMS Applicant User Guide contains step-by-step instructions on how to apply for funding, including information on how to create, edit and submit project applications.

Please contact for technical assistance when using GCEMS.

Project Work Plan: In GCEMS, applicants will be asked to provide information related to project work plan activities, descriptions, results, timeframe and budget. Please enter “Other” under “Activity Category” when completing the Work Plan Template online. Please see the example below.

Work Plan Template
Activity Category Description Expected Results Start Date End Date  % of Budget
Other Site Assessment Sites will be assessed to determine best location(s); site(s) will be selected June 2024 June 2024 10%
Other Construction - retention pond 1 acre of water will be retained July 2024 August 2024 35%
Other Construction - exclusion fencing Exclusion fencing installed for 100 livestock July 2024 August 2024 35%
Other Evaluation - water quality sampling Pre and post project water quality samples will be taken, in consultation with technical advisors from the province; 5 samples taken 4 times throughout the year June 2024 Nov 2024 10%
Other Consultation Consultation with landowners June 2024 March 2025 5%
Other Communication - dissemination of results

Distribution of final report to stakeholders; information presented at conference / event

Publication printed in both Official Languages

March 2025 March 2025 5%
      Total   100%

Selection Process

Each application will go through a three-stage review process: 1) administrative screening by program staff to confirm eligibility; 2) technical review by subject-matter experts to confirm project feasibility; and 3) final review of project outcomes against program priorities.

Proposed projects will be evaluated on the quality and completeness of your application, and assessed against, but not limited to, the following criteria: results, uptake and engagement, achievability / likelihood of success and contributions from other sources.


All applicants (both successful and unsuccessful) will be notified in writing. If your project application submission is approved, you will be contacted to negotiate a Contribution Agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions of funding. Federal MPs and/or their team may be advised about the approval of a project and be provided with information provided in the project application including applicant’s name, project title, project description, project location, funding amounts and contact information.

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Contact us

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canada Water Agency Branch
510 -234 Donald Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba   R3C 1M8

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