National Wetland Conservation Fund

The National Wetland Conservation Fund was established in 2014 to support the restoration and enhancement of wetland habitats across Canada. The NWCF has four program objectives. Proposed projects must have one of the first three objectives as the primary objective of the proposed project.

  • Restore degraded or lost wetlands on working and settled landscapes to achieve a net gain in wetland habitat area;
  • Enhance the ecological functions of existing degraded wetlands;
  • Scientifically assess and monitor wetland functions and ecological goods and services in order to further the objectives of wetland restoration and/or enhancement; and
  • Encourage the stewardship of Canada's wetlands by industry and the stewardship and enjoyment of wetlands by the Canadian public.
Regional Contact: 

Ivy Whitethorne

p: 604-350-1939
e: Ivy.Whitethorne@ec.gc.ca

Grant Focus: 

The NWCF has four program objectives. Proposed projects must have one of the first three objectives as the primary objective of the proposed project.

  • Restore degraded or lost wetlands on working and settled landscapes to achieve a net gain in wetland habitat area;
  • Enhance the ecological functions of existing degraded wetlands;
  • Scientifically assess and monitor wetland functions and ecological goods and services in order to further the objectives of wetland restoration and/or enhancement; and
  • Encourage the stewardship of Canada's wetlands by industry and the stewardship and enjoyment of wetlands by the Canadian public.

The national priorities for the NWCF are:
Projects should result in conservation, restoration and enhancement of wetlands.

  • Highest priority will be given to projects with a primary project objective of Wetland Restoration, followed by Wetland Enhancement, and then Wetland Science and Monitoring. Approximately 95% of the total NWCF funds will be allotted to Restoration and Enhancement projects, with approximately 5% going to Science projects.
  • Higher priority will be given to projects that occur within the geographic areas listed below:
    • Areas where wetland losses or degradation have been high, drainage continues to be high and/or where further risk of wetland loss is elevated.
    • Targeted areas based on existing planning processes including: priority areas as outlined in Habitat Joint Venture Implementation Plans; key habitat as specified within Bird Conservation Region Strategies; candidate, proposed or final Critical Habitat areas for species listed under the Species at Risk Act; Provincially Significant Wetlands; Watershed Management Plans.
  • Higher priority will be given to projects favouring medium-longer term benefits (10-99 years).
  • Higher priority will also be given to projects addressing regional priorities, where they exist.  Please contact your regional NWCF coordinator to obtain information on any additional regional priorities.
Relevance to GW Programs: 

An example of a project funded is rehabilitation of an old log dump site.

Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2016
Granting Amounts: 

Typical funding ranges from $50,000 to $250,000 with a max of $500,000.

Special Notes: 

The program will be accepting expressions of interest until December 18, 2015. The submission of an expression of interest is strongly encouraged, particularly for applicants who have not received NWCF funding in the past.

Application Guidelines can be found here: http://ec.gc.ca/financement-funding/default.asp?lang=En&n=69F1D7E1-1