Apply to the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund: 1. Overview

The expression of interest process is now closed. Expressions of interest to the program are under review and applicants will be notified of the Department’s decision and potential next steps.

Step 1. Overview

The British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund is intended to:

The fund supports:

  1. innovation to encourage the development of new technologies to:
    • increase productivity
    • help meet conservation and sustainability objectives, including the protection and restoration of wild BC stocks, including Pacific salmon
  2. infrastructure to encourage capital investments in new products, processes or technologies to support the:
    • advancement of sustainable fishing practices
    • protection and restoration of wild BC stocks, including Pacific salmon
  3. science partnerships to support collaborations with academia and other research institutions to:
    • improve our knowledge and understanding of impacts to wild stocks
    • develop sustainable fishing practices

Funding is available to support project activities until March 31, 2024. Opportunities to apply may be provided throughout the year based on the availability of funding. New funding will become available again in the next fiscal year, and new opportunities to submit applications will be provided until all available funds have been allocated. Based on the high level of interest experienced in the first year, a large number of applications are expected to be submitted in 2020.

Current priorities for BCSRIF

Alignment with priorities is one of the key factors that will be assessed to determine whether a project will receive funding.

Priority 1: Aquaculture and the changing environment

Priority 2: Species of concern rebuilding (Fraser steelhead, chinook and coho research)

Priority 3: Species of concern rebuilding (selective fishing)

Priority 4: Species of concern rebuilding (habitat restoration)

Priority 5: Community hatchery upgrades

Priority 6: Increasing innovation to support the sustainability and economic stability of BC fisheries