Environmental Damages Fund


Government of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada


Important information about the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) program criteria and downloadable documents are available to potential applicants and funding recipients.


The EDF is a specified purpose account, administered by Environment Canada, to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment. 

Priority funding is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife in the geographic region where the original incident occurred. To be eligible, projects must be delivered in a cost-effective, technically feasible and scientifically sound manner, and must address one or more of the following EDF categories:

  1. Restoration (highest funding priority)
  2. Environmental Quality Improvement
  3. Research and Development
  4. Education and Awareness

Funding Availability


Application deadline: July 28, 2017
Location: Ontario
Funds available: $346,700
Use restriction: For projects in Ontario aimed at preventing pollution and/or protecting the environment.

Application deadline: July 28, 2017
Location: Ontario
Funds available: $14,000
Use restriction: For projects with the specified purpose of the protection and/or conservation of species in northern Ontario (districts of Rainy River, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Cochrane, Timiskaming, Algoma, Sudbury, Nipissing and Manitoulin).

Application deadline: July 28, 2017
Location: Ontario
Funds available: $96,250
Use restriction: For projects with the specified purpose of promoting the conservation and protection fish and fish habitat in the Northwest or Northeast Judicial Districts, within Ontario. See map for more information on Judicial districts.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

There is no maximum project duration.  The average length of a project is two years or less.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline
External Deadline

How to Apply

Our Applicant's Guide provides details on program criteria and how to apply for funding.  Application form is available from your Regional Office

It is important to call your regional office to discuss the activities of your project in order to determine whether additional information is required with your application.  Additional information may be required even if an environmental screening is not necessary, for example maps used to identify sites (no larger than 8 1/2” x 14”); species lists identifying the variety and number of plant species to be planted or animal species targeted; details on the construction, installation and maintenance of habitat structures such as bird boxes; details on construction and installation of in-stream structures; seasonal timelines of restoration activities, etc.

Once your application is completed, email, fax, or mail it to your regional office.  The addresses and fax numbers are listed on the back of the application form.

Note that if the application deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday (when postal services may be unavailable), you will need to ensure your application is submitted and postmarked on or before the deadline date.

With the exception of letters confirming cash and in-kind support from other funding sources, which can follow at a later date, all other information and supporting documentation must be included with the original application.  No additional information received after the deadline date will be taken into consideration.

Addresses and fax numbers for the regional offices across Canada are listed on last page of the application form.

If you have not received a submission acknowledgement letter within a few weeks of submitting your application, we recommend that you contact us to make sure that your proposal has been received.

For Questions, please contact

Ontario Region
4905 Dufferin Street
Downsview, Ontario M3H 5T4
Phone: 416-739-4734
or 1-800-661-7785 (toll-free)
Fax: 416-739-5767
E-mail: ec.fdeon-edfon.ec@canada.ca

Office of Research

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x54807

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