Apply for ABP-A&R funding

The main objective of the Assessment and Removal Component of the Abandoned Boats Program is assisting with the removal and permanent disposal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats.

The call for proposal for assessment and removal (A&R) projects is currently closed.

Please note that only one funding application is required for both the assessment and removal of abandoned boats.

The assessment and removal component (A&R) of the Abandoned Boats Program (ABP) funds the permanent removal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats that pose a hazard in Canadian waters.

This component provides funding to:

  • conduct boat assessments for removals
  • remove and dispose of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats


To be eligible for funding to assess or remove a boat through the ABP, applicants must first get authorization from the Navigation Protection Program (NPP) to take possession of it.

The NPP is responsible for determining whether a boat meets the definition of an abandoned and/or wrecked boat. Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program (ABP) provides funding for the removal of abandoned and/or wrecked boats posing a hazard in Canadian waters.

To find out whether a boat meets the criteria and apply for permission to remove and dispose of the boat, contact an NPP regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for funding

Eligible recipients include:

  • provinces, territories, municipalities and local governments
  • Indigenous groups, communities and organizations
  • private ports or marinas*
  • Canadian Port Authorities
  • for-profit and not-for-profit organizations

* Abandoned and/or wrecked boats in a federally owned small craft harbour are not eligible for funding under this program. Please contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Eligible recipients will receive up to:

  • 100% of their total eligible costs for the assessment and removal/disposal of boats

Eligible activities

Transport Canada will reimburse the cost of activities to:

  • conduct boat removal assessments
  • remove and dispose of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats

For example, costs eligible for reimbursement could include:

  • assessment costs
  • professional fees for contracted services
  • travel costs
  • salaries
  • administrative costs

For detailed information about eligible costs and the conditions of funding, refer to the Applicant’s Guide.

How to Apply

To apply for ABP-A&R funding for boat assessments and removals:

  1. Read the Applicant’s Guide in full before you apply
  2. Use the Application Form to create your application
  3. Sign and submit your application to

Your application must be complete, accurate and comprehensive.

Note: For a proposal containing multiple boats for assessments and removals, an Excel spreadsheet can be used to detail the subsequent abandoned boats. Reimbursements will be made to the applicant organization as lump sum payments (assessment & removal separately). Funding is conditional on the availability of funding under the Program.

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