Environmental Damages Fund - Call for Proposals

February 1, 2013

Environment Canada's Environmental Damages Fund has funds available for Alberta-based conservation projects:

  • Location: Alberta
    Funds Available: $270,000.00
    Use Restrictions: For the specific purpose of conserving and protecting fish and/or fish habitat in the Province of Alberta.
  • Location: Town of Peace River
    Funds Available: $202,500.00
    Use Restrictions: For the specific purpose of promoting the proper management and control of fisheries or fish habitat, or the conservation or protection of fish or fish habitat in the Peace River, its tributaries, and watershed in the Province of Alberta, particularly at or near the Town of Peace River.
  • Location: Alberta / Priority Fort McMurray Area
    Funds Available: $114,789.00
    Use Restrictions: For the purpose of protecting and conserving migratory birds or the environment.
  • Location: Alberta
    Funds Available: $35,750.00
    Use Restrictions: For the specific purpose of environmental work in the Province of Alberta. Priority will be given to one or more “Education and Awareness” projects focused on changing behaviours of dry cleaners regarding their use of Tetrachloroethylene (also known as PERC).  Information on this issue can be provided to the applicants.

From the Environmental Damages Funds website:

The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) follows the Polluter Pays Principle to help ensure that those who cause environmental damage or harm to wildlife take responsibility for their actions.

The EDF is a specified purpose account, administered by Environment Canada, to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment.

Priority Funding

Priority funding is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife in the geographic region where the original incident occurred. To be eligible, projects must be delivered in a cost-effective, technically feasible and scientifically sound manner, and must address one or more of the following EDFcategories:

  1. Restoration (highest funding priority)
  2. Environmental Quality Improvement
  3. Research and Development
  4. Education and Awareness

Program Information and Downloadable Documents

Important information about the Environmental Damages Fund program criteria and downloadable documents are available to potential applicants and funding recipients.