Northern Participant Funding Program
Funding for Indigenous peoples and other Northerners to participate meaningfully in impact assessments and some regulatory processes of major projects in Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories. Funding may also be provided for impact assessments in the Eeyou and Nunavik Marine Regions.
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About the program
The Northern Participant Funding Program assists people in meaningfully participating and having their voices heard in impact assessments of major infrastructure and resource extraction projects, as well as associated regulatory processes that are likely to affect, positively or negatively, their land, lives or livelihoods.
Indigenous governments, non-governmental organizations, individuals and, in some cases, local governments can submit funding applications for such activities as:
- technical reviews of information
- data collection
- community meetings
- collection, translation, documentation or transmission of Indigenous knowledge or Inuit Qaujimaningit
- preparation of submissions and presentations
- preparation of witnesses
- retention of experts, including legal representation
The total funding level for the program is $15.8 million over 5 years,from 2023-24 to 2027-28.
A recipient can receive up to $150,000 per project, per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), depending on their application and on the funding available. Multi-year contribution agreements may be available if an impact assessment takes place over multiple fiscal years, and recipients can receive funding to participate in multiple impact assessments per fiscal year.
Eligible impact assessments and regulatory processes for major projects
Funding is provided in order to support participation in impact assessments and regulatory processes, such as water licensing, and also to support non-project specific capacity building related projects.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Majorprojects are eligible for funding if they are:
- potentially controversial, or
- of significant interest to local communities
The program primarily targets natural resource and infrastructure projects; to date it has funded participation in impact assessments of large-scale mining and remediation projects.
Factors that determine project eligibility include:
- size and location
- potential for public concern, interest or opposition to the project
- potential for adverse environmental, cultural or socio-economic impacts
- potential for impacts on established or asserted rights
- use of new or untested technologies
- complexity and duration of the project
Funding is provided by contribution agreement.
There are 3 funding approaches available forIndigenous recipients:
- Set contribution
- Fixed contribution
- Flexible contribution
Non-Indigenousrecipients are only eligible for the set contribution approach.
|Carry over of funds is possible with the department's approval*
If carry-over is not approved, funds will be returned to the department
|Can be kept at the end of the agreement with the department's approval
If keeping unspent funds is not approved, funds will be returned to the department
|Carry-over of funds is automatic without department's approval
|Any unspent funds at the end of the agreement must be returned to the department
|No carry-over of funds between fiscal years
|Any unspent funds at the end of the fiscal year must be returned to the department.
|*carry over only applies if the fixed agreement spans multiple fiscal years
We will workwith recipients to create a contribution agreement that works for your needs. For details about each funding approach, visit Funding approaches.
The program requires 2 reports annually from recipients:
- Activity report: The purpose is for recipients to report their activities related to the funding they received, and to give feedback on the program.
- Financial report: A record of the funds and how they were spent. These can be audited or unaudited, depending on the contribution agreement.
Who can apply
- Indigenous governments and organizations
- Community groups
- Incorporated not-for-profit organizations
- Experts able to contribute specialized knowledge
- Indigenous and Northern individuals
- Other northern residents or interested affected parties
To be eligible for funding, parties must meet at least 1 of the following criteria:
- have a direct and local interest in the project, such as living, owning, or using property in the project area
- have an interest in potential impacts to related claims and rights
- have community knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, Inuit Qaujimaningit or Indigenous perspective relevant to the assessment
- plan to provide expert information relevant to the anticipated environmental, cultural or socio-economic effects of the project
Under certain circumstances municipal governments may be eligible. For more information please email email@example.com.
Individuals, groups or organizations that represent for-profit organizations or have a direct commercial interest in the development are not eligible for funding. Organizations that represent a level of non-Indigenous government are also generally ineligible, though an exception may be made for some municipal governments that serve a predominantly Indigenous population.
Available funding opportunities
When participant funding is available for an eligible project we will:
- notify the review board responsible for assessing the project
- issue a funding call through a public notice, posted on the review board's public registry
- issue a notice on social media
- post a notice online
- contact those who appear to be potentially affected by the process or are already participating in it
Application and review process
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a funding guide and application form.
Applications are reviewed by an independent application review committee. The committee consists of at least 3 people from territorial and federal governments, Indigenous organizations or other knowledgeable persons that have no interest or stake in the project.
The committee reviews funding applications, identifies groups whose contribution is valuable to the assessment of the proposed project, and recommends a level of funding required to effectively support participation.
The program aims to have decisions made within 4 weeks of receiving applications. Because funds are limited some applicants may receive less than the amount for which they applied, or may not be awarded funding.
Funded initiatives from April 2018 to March 2023
|Mary River Iron Ore Mine Phase 2
|2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-2022
|Mary River Production Increase Proposal
|Whale Tail Gold Mine Pit Expansion
|Meliadine Gold Mine
|Meliadine Gold Mine Extension
|Diavik Diamond Mine
|Pine Point Lead-Zinc Mine
|Norman Wells Waste Management Facility
|Faro Mine Remediation
|2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23
|Coffee Gold Mine
|Kudz Ze Kayah Mine
|Casino Mine Panel Review
|Mount Nansen Remediation
|Eagle Gold Mine Extension
|Brewery Creek Gold Mine
Initiatives funded in the 2023-24 fiscal year
|Chidliak Diamond Mine
|Back River Project Energy Center
|Mary River SOP
We are committed to improving the program and welcome input on how the program can best serve our Indigenous and Northern partners.
If you have any suggestions please contact us at email@example.com.
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