Grant Name: Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program





There is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis by a climate change regional technical committee based in each region.


During the coronavirus outbreak, some communities may not be in a position to submit a proposal to access funding.

  • We continue to accept project proposals for the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
  • If you are a current recipient whose project has been affected by the outbreak, we can help

This program funds climate change adaptation projects in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut.

The program works with Indigenous and northern communities, territorial and regional governments and other stakeholders to identify priorities for climate change adaptation in the North. The program provides support to northern communities and organizations to help them adapt to climate change impacts by funding the following types of projects:

  • vulnerability and risk assessment of climate change impacts
  • development of hazard maps and adaptation plans
  • development of adaptation options
  • implementation of non-structural and structural adaptation measures

Examples of non-structural include:

  • development of new bylaws for land management or community development plans that take into account climate change
  • revision of procedures for proper drainage, snow build-up removal along homes or roads
  • creation of a guide or best practices document related to climate change adaptation

Examples of structural measures include:

  • redesign, retrofit or upgrade of vulnerable or at risk infrastructure assets (such as community building, community housing, and water and wastewater facilities) in areas effected by permafrost degradation
  • implementation of flood-proof standards for communities in flood risk areas
  • implementation of coastal erosion prevention measures for infrastructure at risk

Budget 2016 announced, starting in 2016-2017:

  • $3.8 million per year to support the assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation planning in northern Canada

Budget 2017 announced, starting in 2017-2018:

additional $5 million per year to support the implementation of climate change adaptation measures in northern Canada


  • Indigenous and northern communities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut
  • territorial and regional governments
  • Indigenous and northern organizations
  • academic organizations such as universities and colleges
  • non-governmental organizations

This program supports climate change adaption projects in the North. First Nation communities on reserve, south of the 60th parallel, looking for funding for climate change adaption projects should consult the First Nation Adapt Program.

How to Apply?

Contact the program by email at or by phone via the Public Enquiries Contact Centre at 1-800-567-9604. You will be introduced to the climate change community liaison officer for the region where the project would be located. They will assist you with the application process.

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email at or by phone via the Public Enquiries Contact Centre at 1-800-567-9604

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