First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program: 2017-2018

From First Nations and Inuit Health Branch

Learn about Health 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 FNECP 2017 to 2018 call for proposals has now closed. The deadline to receive proposals was February 28, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30, 2017.

Health Canada provides funding for the FNECP to help First Nations 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
  • surveillance
  • risk assessment

The program supports projects for a maximum length of 9 months (July 2017 to March 2018). For this time frame, there is only one stream for submissions.

The FNECP is part of Health Canada's Environmental Public Health Program in First Nations communities. The broader program works to identify and prevent environmental public health risks that could affect people's health.

Who can apply for funding

The groups that can apply for funding include:

  • First Nations communities (on-reserve) and organizations south of the 60° parallel from:
    • Alberta
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • Manitoba
    • Saskatchewan
    • Atlantic Canada
  • bands
  • districts
  • councils
  • tribal councils and associations
  • governments of self-governing First Nations 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 Nations community

Special requirement for funding

The FNECP requires all funded projects to be carried out in partnership with academia. Each academic institution involved must be identified as a partner in the proposal.

What contaminants are included

Contaminants that may be studied as part of FNECP research projects include:

  • radon
  • persistent organic pollutants monitored under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (2004)
  • heavy metals monitored under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution's Protocol on Heavy Metals (1998 to 2012)

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

Contact us

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


Phone: 613-612-1596

Fax: 613-952-8639

For more information

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

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