“The smoke-filled air caused by devastating wildfires on the west coast is yet another example of the effects of a changing climate. As we look to our economic recovery, the Government of Canada is focused on creating good jobs and making life more affordable for Canadians, while fighting climate change. The new Climate Action and Awareness Fund will create jobs for Canadians in science and technology, academia, and at the grassroots community level. Our Government is proud to support these groups who are leading tangible action on climate change in their communities as we work as a country to exceed our Paris Agreement target and build a net zero economy by 2050.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
This significant investment of up to $50 million in community-based climate action will help support Canada’s transition to a cleaner economy and future. Potential examples of projects include an active transportation campaign that encourages walking and cycling, or an Indigenous group creating a community climate action plan.
The request for proposals for community-based climate action launches today. Requests for proposals for climate science and technology and supporting academia and think tanks will open in the coming months.
The Climate Action and Awareness Fund will provide jobs and funding to non profit organizations, Indigenous organizations, and academic institutions and universities across the country tackling climate change.
Applicants must be non-profit non-governmental organizations, Indigenous organizations, and/or universities and academic institutions. However, applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations, including provincial, territorial and municipal governments.
Fines imposed as penalties under environmental legislation following prosecutions are credited to the Environmental Damages Fund, which ensures that environmental good follows environmental harm.
In June 2020, the Environment Damages Fund accepted applications for education-based projects that encourage youth engagement and action on climate change outside of formal school curriculum. These applications are currently under review, and approved projects will be funded under the new Climate Action and Awareness Fund.