News Release Article from  Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Funding for Round 5 Recreational Fisheries Habitat Projects Now Available

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) updated to include all Indigenous groups

March 15, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, is pleased to announce that the latest round of funding under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) is now open and has been expanded to be available to all Indigenous groups.

The program, which funds community based activities that directly restore recreational fisheries habitat across Canada, will provide up to $28 million over the next three years.

“I am very proud that this program is now open more broadly to make it available to all Indigenous groups so they can also contribute their valuable expertise, traditional knowledge and unique perspective to this important and successful program,” said Minister Tootoo. “I encourage as many groups as possible to consider applying so that we can work together to help protect and restore Canada’s fisheries habitat.”

Recreational fisheries face many environmental challenges, with habitat loss being the most common threat. The RFCPP brings together and provides funding to local and community partners to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate Canada’s recreational fisheries habitat.    

Applications for funding will be accepted from March 11, 2016 to April 22, 2016.

Quick Facts

  • The RFCPP is a six-year program ending in 2019, $53 million contribution program that funds recreational fisheries habitat restoration projects.
  • To date, the RFCPP has funded more than 440 projects, with contributions worth almost $24 million.
  • The RFCPP usually funds projects in the range of $20,000 to $100,000, with an upper limit of $250,000.
  • To be eligible for RFCPP funding, the total support for the project from all levels of government combined (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 75% of the total project value. In addition, no more than 50% of the project’s total budget can be from the federal government.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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Patricia Bell
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474

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