On January 21, 2020, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, launched the annual call for proposals for eight environmental funding programs. These programs will contribute to community-based projects that will have positive and measurable impacts on the environment and Canadians. This key environmental priority this year is freshwater.

The EcoAction Community Funding Program invites Canadians across the country—Indigenous communities, landowners, environmental groups, schools, other levels of government and businesses—to apply by March 3, 2020.

Potential projects could include: the recovery of species at risk, addressing plastic pollution and climate change, restoring and protecting water quality in the Great Lakes and Lake Winnipeg, or improving long-term sustainability of ecosystems in Atlantic Canada.

The EcoAction program has helped engage over 2.7 million Canadians in positive environmental activities since 2006.

Projects must include one of the following priority results:

  1. Contribute to the improvement of water quality through the diversion and reduction of harmful substances in freshwater.
  2. Contribute to improvement of freshwater management and increase climate resilience through action involving the development and/or restoration of natural infrastructure.

Preference will be given to proposals that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth or small businesses. All proposals must fully meet program requirements.

Refer to the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System to obtain a copy of the 2020 Applicant’s Guide and to complete the online application form.

A program officer is available to discuss eligibility, answer questions and provide general guidance. For a link to the regional offices, click here.


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