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Selection criteria (Coastal Restoration Fund)

Program funding targeted regional priority areas that had the greatest strategic value. We prioritized regional activities with the greatest benefit to specific coastal ecosystem threats. Our focus was also on reducing project size and funding in order to support more initiatives.

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Project assessment

All projects were evaluated based on their:

Coastal Restoration Fund funding also provided an opportunity to focus on key regional priorities:

Priority areas and activities for Newfoundland and Labrador, Gulf, Maritimes, Quebec and Central and Arctic regions.

Region Priority areas Priority activities
Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Bay of Islands
  • Beaches, spawning and rearing habitats restoration for Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Capelin, species at risk, and eelgrass
  • Petitcodiac River watershed (inner Bay of Fundy)
  • Port of Saint John and lower portion of the Saint John River watershed
  • PEI and NB portion of Northumberland Strait
  • Acadian peninsula and Chaleur Bay
  • Restoration of important fish habitat in the Port of Saint John area and the lower portion of the Saint John River watershed
  • Restoration of estuarine habitats
  • Removal of tidal barriers
  • Planning and prioritization of sites to restore
  • Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia for areas with important nearshore fisheries
  • Bras d'Or Lake
  • Coastal restoration planning
  • Eelgrass restoration, restoration of rocky habitat structures, and restoration of migratory corridors
  • St. Lawrence River estuary (including Saguenay Fjord)
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence (including Magdalen Islands and Chaleur Bay)
Rehabilitation of high valued species and habitats with well-known problem, especially projects:
  • in habitats of high ecological value – e.g., eelgrass beds and shellfish beds
  • that answer or mitigate significant anthropic impacts on habitats, such as coastal squeeze
  • that address impacts on habitat connectivity
Central and Arctic
  • Coastal communities in the Northwest Territories
  • Hudson Bay
  • Planning to identify and prioritise potential restoration projects
  • Restoration of important fish habitat identified by engagement sessions or restoration plans

Pacific regional linked priority areas and activities

Area Activities
Fraser River estuary and major tributaries to the lower Fraser River Projects that improve connectivity and/or restore access to habitats supporting chinook salmon.
All coastal areas of the Pacific Region Projects that focus on restoration of impacts from log dumps, log handling and/or log storage areas in important fish habitat areas (e.g. estuaries of anadromous fish-bearing streams, eelgrass beds, kelp beds, salt marsh, active marine mammal haul outs, tidal flats).
East Coast Vancouver Island – large watersheds Projects that focus on restoration of estuarine habitats where actions mitigate identified threats and/or limiting factors in large watersheds that support chinook and chum stocks.
West Coast of Vancouver Island – Barkley, Clayoquot and Nootka Sounds Projects that focus on habitat restoration where actions will mitigate known threats and/or limiting factors to habitat or populations of chinook salmon on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
BC Interior – Upper Fraser and Thompson watersheds Projects that focus on water management planning and strategic restoration activities associated with water quality and quantity supporting declining and/or at risk coho, chinook, and sockeye stocks.
North Coast and Central Coast of BC Projects that focus on nearshore coastal and estuarine areas addressing impacts to nearshore habitat and connectivity, or riverine projects resulting in large habitat gains and low likelihood of long term maintenance.

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Questions about the fund can be submitted to your regional contact.

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