Call for Expressions of Interest – Funding Available

Public Notice

October 8, 2020 – The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is inviting expressions of interest for funding available to help operationalize Canada's new approach to assessing major projects.

Who can apply

The Agency is seeking to support and leverage the work of stakeholders, such as research, environmental and policy-focused not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions and think tanks on the development of practical tools and approaches to assessing major projects under the Impact Assessment Act (the Act).

Eligible activities

Eligible activities may include research and policy analysis, developing and piloting tools, recommendations, and dissemination strategies.

Projects should include engagement with a diverse range of parties who may have interests or expertise in the subject or the tools and approaches that are developed. This may include project proponents and industry groups, non-governmental organizations active on major project issues, academics, current or former representatives of other levels of government, Indigenous groups, or members of the public.

Priority may be given to projects that address one or more of the following themes:

Applicants are encouraged to read the preamble of the Act and to consult the Agency's Practitioner's Guide to Federal Impact Assessment under the Act.

How funding will be allocated

The Agency will consider expressions of interest and work with those that address the program's criteria and priority activities listed above.

A committee composed of experts from the Agency and other relevant federal departments will review the expressions of interest and ask potential recipients to submit proposals.

Funding allocations

Maximum funding allocation per project: $300,000.

How to submit an expression of interest

Expressions of interest can be sent to on your preferred template in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Expressions of interest should include:

For questions about the process, please email Aidan Wakely-Mulroney at


Expressions of interest must be received by November 6, 2020. Projects that are approved for funding would need to begin by January 2021 and would need to conclude no later than March 31, 2023.

Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be made available at a later date.

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