Frequently Asked Questions

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

Q. Will there be any more application windows after the fifth round of applications?

A. Yes, two more rounds of funding applications are currently planned for the RFCPP. The sixth application window is expected to open in late fall 2016. Under the sixth round, proposals for projects commencing in 2017-18 and that are one to two years in duration will be accepted. The seventh application window is expected to open in fall 2017; proposals for one-year projects taking place in 2018-19 will be accepted.

Q. Are Indigenous groups eligible for funding?

A. Yes, Indigenous groups can apply for RFCPP funding. Program funding is not related to Aboriginal rights, title or status; it is strictly related to the capacity and expertise of Indigenous groups to deliver recreational fisheries habitat restoration projects.

Q. Can the RFCPP fund chemical manipulation projects?

A. Yes, the RFCPP can fund chemical manipulation projects as long as they meet all program rules, including the following criteria:

  • Support an existing recreational fishery;
  • One-time funding leading to sustainable results;
  • Provincial support; and
  • Evidence-based demonstration of project feasibility.
Q. Does the RFCPP have funding limits?

A. Total financial support for the project from all levels of government combined (i.e., federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 75% of the total project value. In addition, no more than 50% of the project's total budget can be financial support from the federal government. The cost of activities or personnel funded by federal contribution programs (e.g., Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management program), as directly related to implementing a RFCPP project, counts towards the federal and stacking limits.

Q. Does band funding count towards the federal and stacking limits?

A. No, band funding does not count towards the federal and stacking limits; it counts as matching support.

Q. Why does the program target only recreational fishing/angling groups, conservation organizations and Indigenous groups?

A. At the local and community level, recreational fishing/angling groups, conservation organizations and Indigenous groups provide important knowledge and capacity that can be used to help improve recreational fisheries across Canada

Q. Are commercial fisheries groups eligible for funding?

A. Commercial fisheries groups are not eligible for funding but could be a partner in a project and/or contribute to project delivery.

Q. Alien invasive species can have detrimental effects on the habitat of recreational fisheries. Are projects that insulate or protect recreational fisheries habitat from invasive species eligible? Are projects that manage or remove invasive species from recreational fisheries habitat eligible?

A. No, projects that insulate/protect recreational fisheries habitat from alien invasive species are not eligible as those projects do not align with the program objective, which is to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat.

Q. Is the purchase of land eligible under the program?

A. No, purchasing or otherwise securing land is not eligible for funding.

Q. I submitted my application form and supporting documents by e-mail and received an automatic reply saying that my e-mail has exceeded a maximum limit. What does this mean?

A. A single e-mail cannot exceed approximately 13 MB in size. If this limit is exceeded, submit application information in multiple e-mails, each e-mail not exceeding the 13 MB size limit.

Q. Will proponents need to finance the entire project and wait for reimbursement from Fisheries and Oceans Canada?

A. No, as soon as funding decisions have been made and a contribution agreement signed between a proponent and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, payments can start flowing, as described in the contribution agreement.

Q. The RFCPP tracks capital acquisitions purchased with program funding. What are capital acquisitions and why does the program track this information?

A. A capital acquisition is a tangible asset that has a useful life extending beyond one year (e.g., electrofishing backpack). Once purchased, constructed or developed, capital acquisitions bought with RFCPP funding become the property of the funding recipient. A capital acquisition must be appropriately maintained and stored by the funding recipient so as to maximize its useful life. Both the funding recipient and Fisheries and Oceans Canada keep an inventory of all capital acquisitions worth $1,000 or more and purchased with RFCPP funding as those purchases are considered in future RFCPP projects undertaken by the funding recipient.

Q. For multi-year projects, can funds unexpended under one year be carried forward for use in a future year?

A. Contribution amounts are set on a fiscal year basis and cannot be reallocated among years. Funding unexpended in one year cannot be carried forward to a future year.

Q. What tangible benefits will projects provide to fisheries?

A. By restoring compromised recreational fisheries habitat, these projects will help support more productive and sustainable fisheries and by extension, increased fishing opportunities.

Q. Does the program have service standards?

A. Yes, the program has committed to the following service standards:

Service Service Standard*
Acknowledge receipt of application Acknowledge receipt of application within 5 business days.
Notify applicant on application decision and next steps Notify applicant on the success or rejection of its funding application within 13 business days of funding decision.
Send draft contribution agreement for review Send recipient draft contribution agreement for review within 25 business days of receiving a completed work plan and budget.
Sign contribution agreement Send signed contribution agreement to recipient within 7 business days of receipt of a recipient-signed contribution agreement.
Process payment Requisition payment to recipient within 30 business days of receiving a fully completed report.

*Target: 90% of the time under normal circumstances.