Participant Funding Program

The Participant Funding Program aims to support public engagement and Indigenous consultation during an assessment – whether it is a project-specific assessment by the Agency or review panel, regional assessment or strategic assessment. It does so by providing funding at key stages throughout an assessment process, including the implementation of follow-up programs. Participant funding contributes to an open and balanced assessment process. This strengthens the quality and credibility of federal assessments.

Who is eligible

Individuals, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous communities and organizations that want to take part in an assessment may apply.

The Agency proactively contacts Indigenous communities that may potentially be affected by a project and notifies them of opportunities to participate in consultation activities, and to receive financial support for that participation. Applicants must demonstrate how their participation will add value and provide relevant knowledge or expertise to the assessment. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

Participation opportunities

This funding program supports public participation opportunities and Indigenous consultation opportunities posted on the Agency’s website.

The Agency only considers applications for current participation activities.

How to apply

Download and complete one of the following application forms for the relevant type of funding. To find the appropriate type of funding, check the project’s home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry.

Please submit the completed application and supporting documents to the Agency. You can email your documents to To find out the deadline to submit your application, check the project’s public notice posted on the Registry, which announces the availability of funding.

Note: The Agency assumes no responsibility for misdirected or delayed application submissions.

After you apply

The Agency will contact applicants about funding decisions. This usually happens within two months after the application deadline.

Contribution agreement

The Agency will contact successful applicants and provide them with a contribution agreement to sign. Here are two examples of a contribution agreement:

Detailed financial report

Successful applicants with existing contribution agreements must complete a detailed financial report to be reimbursed. This includes providing supporting invoices and/or receipts for reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred over the course of the assessment or engagement initiative.

More information

For more information on impact assessments, consult the Basics of impact assessments.

For more information on environmental assessments, consult the Basics of environmental assessment.

Contact us

Funding Programs
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
Tel.: 1-866-582-1884

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