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Critical Habitat Interdepartmental Program | Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC):


The minimum funding request suggested for new and multi-year projects is $5,000 and project annual funding usually ranges from $20,000 to $80,000 per project. Projects may extend over more than 1 year to a maximum of 5 years.


The Critical Habitat Interdepartmental Program (CHIP) is a directed funding program that was established in 2020. CHIP is managed by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and is the only program that provides funding to federal organizations specifically for projects dedicated to the recovery of Canada’s species at risk through the restoration and conservation of their critical habitat on federally owned and/or administered lands.

Eligible Applicants

The following are eligible recipients of CHIP funding:

Eligible Expenses

The CHIP offers two project types:

  • Regular CHIP projects – Examples of eligible projects include:
  • species at risk population and/or habitat surveys
  • implementation of conservation and recovery measures
  • research on the biology and ecology of species at risk and/or their critical habitat
  • community outreach and projects in accordance with SARA
  • species at risk habitat conservation and restoration
  • direct mitigation of threats to species at risk
  • Other Internally Prioritized Species (OIPS) CHIP projects – Additional CHIP funds may be available for projects targeting OIPS. OIPS CHIP projects must target one or multiple OIPS, and targeted activities must follow the top priority work determined based on the species’ recovery documents.

Deadline Date

  The call for proposals for the 2023-24 fiscal year is now open.
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