Aquatic Habitat Restoration Fund
Through the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Fund (AHRF), we are collaborating with Indigenous groups to develop a five-year initiative that will provide funding for community capacity and Indigenous-led aquatic habitat restoration activities in freshwater and marine ecosystems. Activities will occur in the Fraser River Watershed and inland watersheds along the Trans Mountain pipeline corridor in British Columbia and Alberta, as well as along the shipping corridor and the Salish Sea.
A total of $75 million is available between 2019 and 2024. $10 million is available immediately, in part to support the collaborative development of the AHRF. Beginning in 2021, $65 million will be available for aquatic habitat restoration activities through until 2024.
The AHRF is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to restore freshwater and marine ecosystems and to contribute to the sustainability of fish and fish habitat.
Find out how the Fund is responding to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project as an accommodation measure.
- To build capacity within Indigenous communities to enable habitat restoration in areas of priority to Indigenous groups
- To rehabilitate aquatic habitats and contribute to the mitigation of stressors affecting marine, coastal, and freshwater species and their habitats
- To contribute to the long-term sustainability of aquatic, coastal and riparian habitats through monitoring and maintenance
- To contribute to strategic planning and studies in coastal and riparian areas
What we're doing
Phase 1: 2020 to 2022
We are providing capacity funding to enable Indigenous communities to participate in the development of an aquatic habitat restoration program and to build capacity to undertake restoration projects and activities.
Our AHRF team will be contacting eligible Indigenous communities to identify interest and capacity required for participation in the collaborative development of program and project priorities, and explore project selection options.
Get your capacity funding application form.
Phase 2: 2021 to 2024
We will provide funding for projects along the shipping corridor and Salish Sea, the Fraser River Watershed, and inland watersheds along the Trans Mountain pipeline corridor in British Columbia and Alberta.
Project selection and the distribution of project funding will be determined as the program is developed and explored with Indigenous communities.
Communities can send a message indicating their interest to DFO.AHRF-FRHA.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca a.
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