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Indigenous Habitat Participation Program: Contribution Component - Step 3. Eligible activities and expenses

Step 3. Eligible activities and expenses

Engagement on regulatory, program and/or policy initiatives

The program supports preparation for and participation in activities and initiatives associated with the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act. This includes:

  • providing information, data and views regarding:
    • current or likely effects on the regional area
    • related impacts on potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty rights
  • reviewing studies and reports relevant to proposed initiatives
  • giving feedback to Fisheries and Oceans Canada on these initiatives
  • preparing for and attending engagement activities, such as public meetings or discussion groups
  • conducting outreach to increase awareness of initiatives among Indigenous peoples

Capacity-building: fish and fish habitat conservation and protection

The IHPP will focus its support in inland areas of Canada, where the provinces manage fisheries and Fisheries sand Oceans is responsible for managing impacts on fish and fish habitat under the Fisheries Act.

The program supports building capacity for:

  • operational programming
  • monitoring, including baseline monitoring
  • monitoring projects and evaluating activities
  • public and community outreach and education
  • collaborative planning, consultation and engagement that is:
    • bilateral between an Indigenous group and DFO
    • multilateral between many Indigenous groups and DFO
    • among Indigenous organizations
  • science, research, and Indigenous and/or community knowledge
  • monitoring and reporting on progress of technical capacity-building

The program will also support:

  • training, information, knowledge, skills and professional development related to:
    • fish
    • fish habitat
    • conservation
    • aquatic ecosystems
    • protection of fish and fish habitat
  • developing and maintaining management structures and governance, including:
    • administration
    • overall program management
    • organizational strategic planning
  • business planning and studies to look at how easy or difficult building capacity may be
  • outreach activities to strengthen awareness of fish and fish habitat among Indigenous peoples
  • collecting, developing and providing data, information and studies on fish and fish habitat issues in support of capacity building

Collaborative Activities

The program supports collaborative activities that support:

  • integrated planning initiatives
  • monitoring, including baseline monitoring
  • establishing fish and fish habitat conservation and protection priorities
  • aquatic ecosystem data collection

Eligible expenses

Eligible expenses under the program include:

  • rental of:
    • a room
    • facilities
    • office space
    • a set of rooms
  • insurance
  • material and supplies
  • outreach materials, such as printing costs
  • training fees and expenses, including materials
  • travel (based on National Joint Council’s NJC Directive on Travel), including:
    • meals
    • allowances
    • accommodation
  • salary, wages and other labour including employer mandatory benefits as required by federal and provincial governments and benefits (in-house, within the existing organization)

Eligible expenses also include these services:

  • professional and specialized services
  • purchase or rental of equipment and upkeep (repairs)
  • audio/video, data and network communications services
  • ceremonial costs and services where the funding recipient:
    • is an Indigenous group that possesses Indigenous knowledge relevant to the initiative
    • provides services to support consultation on impacts on potential or established rights or title
  • Administrative overhead is capped at 10% of the total contribution amount. Costs other than those listed here aren’t eligible expenses.
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