Apply for BSCP funding

The application period for the recreational boating component is open. We are accepting applications until October 15, 2020.

There is no call for proposals under the commercial fishing component at this time.

The Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP) helps organizations promote safety or conduct research on the most effective ways to change boating behaviours in Canada.

Eligibility for funding

Eligible recipients include:

  • not-for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • public Safety Organizations
  • educational institutions
  • healthcare institutions
  • enforcement services
    • proposals received from these applicants must clearly demonstrate that the project is not part of their regular law enforcement duties
    • for more details, please contact us
  • provincial, territorial and municipal governments

Conditions of funding

Recreational boating safety

Available funding

  • $1 million per year
  • maximum contribution per recipient - $400,000 per year

The project must begin on or after April 1, 2021.

The following financial conditions apply:

  • the BSCP will reimburse recipients up to 75 per cent of eligible expenditures incurred for the Project
  • applicants must show they have enough up-front funding to carry out the proposed project
  • the BSCP makes no advance payments

We reserve the right to fund single-year or multi-year projects, as appropriate.

Eligible Expenditures

Eligible expenditures under the BSCP include:

  • staff wages and benefits
  • professional fees
  • rental/use of equipment, office materials, office and/or meeting space and travel costs
  • public outreach and communication materials and associated activities costs
  • translation costs
  • incremental insurance costs
  • administrative costs

What you need to know before you start

Read the Applicant’s Guide in full before you apply. This guide will help you prepare your funding application.

For applications under Recreational Boating Safety, applicants must include legal documents that confirm the organizations as an entity.

How to apply

  1. Contact us to receive a copy of the project proposal templates that must be used to complete your application package.
  2. Review the applicant’s guide to fill out your application.
  3. Your application must be signed, accurate and complete before submitting it.

Submit your application

Submit your application electronically or by mail. We will confirm receipt of all application packages.


All electronic applications packages must be in MS Word, MS Excel or PDF format.

Mailing address:

Boating Safety Contribution Program
Transport Canada
330 Sparks Street, Place de Ville – Tower C (AHSB)
Ottawa ON K1A 0N5

Guides and help

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