What are Environment and Climate Change Canada’s funding programs?

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Highlights

  • The Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) mainly focuses on advancing climate science and technology and supporting youth climate awareness and community-based action
  • The Low Carbon Economy Challenge will focus on providing nearly C$ 500 million to various recipients, such as municipalities, provinces and territories, and Indigenous communities
  • The Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund mainly natural solutions for climate change

To support Canada’s climate plan, the government of Canada is providing funds for projects through various grants and contributions programs. In this article, we will learn the role of Environment and Climate Change Canada funding programs in Canada. 

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) funding programs include the below mentioned. 

Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF)

To support Canadian-made projects which help in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, the CAAF program will be investing up to C$ 206 million over five years. CAAF gets its funding from the Environmental Damages Fund and the Climate Action Fund programs. 

CAAF is mainly focused on advancing climate science and technology and supporting youth climate awareness and community-based action.   

Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF)

To support projects which help in building resilient communities, developing clean growth, and creating job opportunities for Canadians, LCEF will focus on investing up to C$ 2 billion.  

LCEF includes the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund and the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. 

The Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund will focus on providing up to C$ 1.4 billion to the provinces and territories that have executed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change plan. 

The Low Carbon Economy Challenge will focus on providing nearly C$ 500 million to various recipients, such as municipalities, provinces and territories, and Indigenous communities. 

Also read: What is Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? 

Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund (NSCSF)

To support projects which help in conserving, restoring, and enhancing wetlands, peatlands, and grasslands, NSCSF will be investing up to C$ 631 million over ten years. It consists of three project streams, including the Place-based actions stream, the Sector-based policy stream, and the Reverse auction pilot stream. 

NSCSF mainly focuses on reducing net GHG emissions in Canada by using natural climate solutions. 

 The eligible funding recipients include the following  

  • Indigenous research, academic and educational institutions 
  • Canadian individuals 
  • Domestic or international for-profit organizations
  • Local organizations
  • Provinces, and territories
  • Domestic or international not-for-profit organizations 

Also read: How does Canada’s forestry industry tackle climate change? 

Environmental Damages Fund (EDF)

The ECCC administered (EDF) focuses on restoring the natural environment and wildlife conservation. The fines which are directed to the EDF are used in providing funds to the projects which focus on restoration, education and awareness, environmental quality improvement, and research and development. 

The recipients who are eligible to apply for funding are the following: 

  • Indigenous organizations 
  • Universities and academic institutions 
  • Non-government organizations
  • Provincial, territorial, and municipal governments



 


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