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Indigenous Habitat Participation Program: Contribution component

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What this service offers

The Indigenous Habitat Participation Program (IHPP) contribution component provides funding in three areas:

Some funding available to inland areas only

Funding for building capacity will focus on inland areas of Canada, where the provinces manage the fisheries but where Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for managing impacts on fish and fish habitat under the Fisheries Act.

Funding for engagement and collaborative activities will be available across the country.

Priorities – 2020-2021


(Details regarding engagement on these initiatives will be made available here.)

Please note that funding can support the purchase of equipment and other materials to facilitate “virtual” activities, such as meetings and engagement sessions, which could replace in-person activities.

Building capacity:


Who can apply

You may be eligible for the IHPP contribution funding if you are:

Eligible activities

The program funds engagement processes such as preparation for and participation in activities and initiatives associated with the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act. This includes:

The program supports building capacity in inland areas of Canada for:

Capacity building funds will also support:

The program funds collaborative activities that support:

Keep in mind

Program funding is intended to support the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat. Activities related to fisheries management, such as stock assessment or hatcheries, for example, are not eligible. The planning of habitat restoration activities, such as site determination or setting restoration priorities, are eligible, but on-the-ground restoration activities are not eligible.

Eligible expenses

Contribution funding can be used towards:

Administrative overhead is capped at 10% of the total contribution amount.

Costs for travel are also considered eligible expenses. Travel amounts, including meals and accommodation, will be based on the rates and allowances found within the National Joint Council’s NJC Directive on Travel.

Eligible expenses also include these services:

Selection criteria

After the deadline to submit proposals has passed, each proposal will be initially screened to determine if it meets the minimum requirements to be considered an eligible project.

We assess all proposals based on eligibility criteria, including:

Proposal assessment

If the proposal is eligible, we then determine :

We will not fund activities that duplicate services, studies or written materials that are already being funded by other public or private sources.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

How to apply

Submit your completed proposal form to your regional office by October 2, 2020 at 23:59 PT.

We will confirm we received your application within 5 business days. We will let you know if we have accepted or rejected your application within 13 business days of the funding decision.

We will process contribution transfer payments for successful applicants within 30 business days of signing the contribution agreement or receiving a fully completed report.

Under normal circumstances, we will meet the service standard 90% of the time.

Contact us

Questions and Proposal Forms can be submitted to the following regional addresses:

British Columbia


Newfoundland and Labrador


Northwest Territories


Prince Edward Island

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