Grant Name: Reserve Lands and Environment Management Program





There is no deadline to apply. RLEMP accepts applications throughout the year. But there are deadlines to apply for Level 1: Professional Land Management Certification Program.


The Reserve Land and Environmental Management Program provides funding to First Nations to develop capacity to manage reserve land, resources and environment.

The Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP) provides funding to First Nations to develop capacity to exercise increased responsibility over their reserve land, resources and environment under the Indian Act.

Participating in RLEMP can prepare a community for transition to a more comprehensive land management model, such as First Nations Land Management, or comprehensive self-government.


  • First Nations
  • Tribal councils

How to Apply?

Although First Nations participating in RLEMP are responsible for the administration of lands and environmental transactions, the Minister of Indigenous Services is still liable for all transactions.

Three checklists have been developed to help First Nations and ISC meet program requirements:

All efforts are made to ensure that First Nations remain compliant under RLEMP.  However, First Nations that are unable to meet the terms and conditions of their funding agreement will no longer receive funding under RLEMP and ISC will reassume related responsibilities.

A First Nation or tribal council must complete a First Nation entry request and capacity self-assessment and submit it to the nearest ISC regional office.

ISC will conduct an assessment. Eligibility criteria include:

  • a low General Assessment score
  • audited financial statements in accordance with Canadian Accounting Standards provided to ISC
  • having, or pursuing, economic development projects or activities

Once accepted into RLEMP, the First Nation or tribal council must pass a band council resolution agreeing to the terms of the program.

  • having land management activity registered in the Indian Lands Registry

Funding Amount

Funding is determined by a formula that considers:

  • population of the First Nation
  • size of the reserve land base
  • the type, number and complexity of land and natural resources interests and transactions registered in the Indian Lands Registry System
  • environmental activities, such as:
    • environmental site assessments
    • environmental impact assessments
    • environmental monitoring and audits
  • compliance activities
  • level of responsibility

While a First Nation is training a land manager, they are eligible for 80% of their operational funding to set up and start running a lands office. Once they have a certified lands manager, First Nations then receive 100% of their operational funding as they take on full responsibility for lands and environmental management activities.

Contact Information

Contact your regional office or the ISC Public enquiries  at 1-800-567-9604 and ask to speak with an RLEMP specialist in your region

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