First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program

From First Nations and Inuit Health Branch

Learn about the Government of Canada's First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program (FNECP), who can apply for funding and how to apply.

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About the program

The Government of Canada provides funding through the FNECP to help First Nation communities improve their health. The program supports these communities in identifying, understanding and reducing the impact of exposure to environmental hazards. Its activities include community-based:

  • research
  • monitoring

Who can apply

The groups that can apply for funding include:

  • First Nation communities (on-reserve) and organizations south of the 60° parallel from:
    • Alberta
    • Manitoba
    • Saskatchewan
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • Atlantic Canada
  • bands
  • districts
  • councils
  • tribal councils and associations
  • governments of self-governing First Nation and Inuit communities and regions
  • non-government and voluntary associations and organizations
    • these include non-profit corporations that work on behalf of, or in partnership with, a First Nation community

First Nations in British Columbia should apply for funding under the First Nations Health Authority Environmental Contaminants Program.

Special requirement for funding

The FNECP requires all funded projects to be carried out in partnership with academically trained researchers with advanced degrees (e.g. M.Sc., PhD). If applicable, the institution or organization the researcher is affiliated with must be identified as a partner in the proposal.

What contaminants are included

Any chemical contaminants that are of concern to First Nation communities can be included in your proposal, based on potential human health risk due to exposure. This risk must be articulated and justified in the proposal.

Biological contaminants are not covered under the FNECP and should not be included in your proposal. These include living organisms, such as:

  • fungi
  • moulds
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • enzymes
  • dust mites


Please contact us for information on deadlines.

Contact us

Attention: First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program
Indigenous Services Canada
Environmental Public Health Division, FNIHB
Jeanne Mance Building, AL 1920A
200 Eglantine Driveway
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9


Phone: 613-612-1596

Fax: 613-952-8639

For more information

Contact the First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program by email at for more information on:

  • project ideas
  • how to submit a proposal
  • if you meet the conditions to apply
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