The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is a specified purpose account administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to direct funds received from fines, court orders and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit Canada’s natural environment.


The purpose of any contribution to the EDF is to restore the environment and conserve wildlife and habitats in a scientifically sound, cost-effective, and technically feasible way.


Fines directed to the EDF are used to fund projects that focus on the following four categories in order of priority:

  • restoration
  • environmental quality improvement
  • research and development
  • education and awareness

Projects must be undertaken within Canadian provinces and territories. Fund Use Requirements accompany each available fund and may include prioritized geographic regions. For examples of previously funded projects, see our EDF project map.


Eligible groups include:

  • non-governmental organizations
  • universities and academic institutions
  • Indigenous organizations
  • provincial, territorial, and municipal governments


Individuals, businesses, or other federal departments or agencies are not eligible for funding but are encouraged to partner with eligible groups to apply. Offenders are not eligible to apply directly or to partner with eligible groups, for fines or monetary payments they have made that were directed to the EDF.


Eligible projects

Priority is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife, followed by:

  • environmental quality improvement initiatives
  • research and development on environmental restoration and improvement
  • education and awareness on issues affecting the health of the natural environment


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

EDF funding is available for projects that meet the following criteria:

  • address one or more of EDF’s four priority areas noted above
  • satisfy all Fund Use Requirements
  • are scientifically sound and technically feasible
  • are cost-effective in achieving goals, objectives and results
  • can measure results using EDF performance indicators
  • show that the environment will benefit from the project
  • demonstrate that the applicant possesses or has access to necessary partnership, experience, knowledge, and skills required to undertake the project


While matching funds are not required, evidence of other funding sources such as matching contributions and the respective amounts, or demonstration of the applicant’s ability to raise funds from sources other than the federal government in a past project will be considered as an asset at the proposal evaluation stage.


Ineligible projects and activities include:

  • those activities required by law and/or mandated by other levels of government
  • containment and clean-up of environmental spills
  • restoration of contaminated sites
  • infrastructure, particularly related to municipal, provincial, and federal government program areas
  • lobbying or advocacy activities
  • recreation and tourism projects or beautification initiatives
  • preparation of formal curriculum materials
  • core organization functions and activities such as meetings, maintenance, and administration; however, project-specific
  • administrative support is eligible
  • annual or regular organization events/campaigns
  • expenses to attend general conferences and workshops
  • projects and activities underway
  • continuation of projects previously funded by the EDF
  • projects outside of Canada


Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.  If you are unsure about any of the examples listed above or the eligibility of your project and activities, please contact the Environment and Climate Change Canada office in your region.


EDF funding is competitive process; please clearly explain all details and expected results. The level of detail provided in your application must support the complexity of your project.

In addition, your project must include at least one of the EDF’s performance indicators.


Eligible project costs


Costs related to the following types of expenses are eligible under the EDF program:

  • human resource costs, including salaries and benefits
  • travel costs not to exceed Treasury Board approved rates
  • material and supplies costs
  • printing and production costs
  • communications and distribution costs
  • equipment rental or purchase
  • vehicle rentals and operational costs
  • translation costs
  • liability insurance costs that are directly attributed to carrying out the project
  • a reasonable share of overhead and/or administrative costs and rent that is directly attributed to carrying out the project, as negotiated with the office in your region
  • any GST/HST that is not reimbursable by Revenue Canada and any PST not reimbursable by the provinces


Please refer to the National Joint Council’s website for your provincial/territorial kilometric rates.

How to Apply?

Project proposals are accepted through GCEMS. For detailed application instructions, visit the GCEMS application instructions page.

Funding Amount

Available funding varies according to the number of court awards and voluntary contributions directed to the EDF. In its sentencing decision, the court may recommend the recipient, location and scope of a project funded by the fine. This information is considered in the assessment of the fine and in the definition of the appropriate Fund Use Requirement. Details on available funds and Fund Use Requirements can be found on the available funds page and in the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS).

Contact Information

National EDF Office
45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N6

New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N6

801-1550, avenue D’Estimauville
Quebec, Quebec G1J 0C3

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
123 Main Street, Suite 150
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4W2

British Columbia and Yukon
#201-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3S5

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