Indigenous Participant Funding Program

The Indigenous Participant Funding Program (IPFP) funds projects and initiatives designed to support the capacity of Indigenous communities and organizations to participate in Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA) and Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act (WAHVA) processes which include measures aimed at supporting the objectives of the Government’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Consultation and Engagement - Support consultation related to decisions and discussions on proposed policy initiatives related to the CNWA and/or WAHVA.

Supporting Capacity - Provide capacity support for activities, such as Indigenous-led studies, that promote long-term benefits aligned with the objectives of CNWA and/or WAHVA.

Collaboration – Support outreach, collaboration and partnership between Transport Canada and Indigenous communities and organizations in the implementation of the CNWA and/or WAHVA.

This program will support the participation of Indigenous communities and organizations in Canada by providing funding through grants and contributions.

Grant funding for consultation and engagement is available to Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada. There are two components to the grant program.

Policy-Based Component:

  • Support for participation in proposed policy initiatives related to the CNWA or WAHVA.

Project-Based Component:

  • Support consultation related to decisions contemplated under the CNWA and/or WAHVA and the potential adverse effects of those decisions on Aboriginal or Treaty rights

Contribution funding for collaboration is also available through the IPFP. Currently, the contributions component seeks to support on-going dialogue with the National Indigenous Organizations on the implementation of the CNWA and WAHVA.

Transport Canada is also working on the development of a funding component to provide capacity support for activities, such as Indigenous-led studies, that promote long-term benefits aligned with the objectives of CNWA and/or WAHVA.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this program, please contact us by email at IndigenousParticipation-ParticipationAutochtone@tc.gc.ca.