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Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund




Through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), the Government of Canada has committed to invest in public infrastructure that mitigates the potential economic, environmental and social impacts of climate change, and strengthens community resilience to disasters triggered by natural hazards and extreme weather events.

The DMAF is a national, competitive, and merit-based contribution program intended to support infrastructure projects designed to mitigate current and future climate-related risks and disasters triggered by natural hazards, such as floods, wildland fires, droughts and seismic events.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicants include:

  • A province or territory; or a municipal or regional government established by – or under –provincial or territorial statute;
  • A public sector body that is established by – or under – provincial or territorial statute or by regulation; or is wholly-owned by a province, territory, municipal or regional government;
  • When working in collaboration with a municipality, a Canadian public or not-for-profit institution that is authorized, under the terms of a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal statute; or Royal Charter, to deliver post-secondary courses or programs that lead to recognized and transferable post-secondary credentials.
  • A private sector body, including for-profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations. In the case of for-profit organizations, they will need to work in collaboration with one or more of the entities referred to above or an Indigenous Recipient listed below.

Eligible Indigenous Applicants, include:

  • An Indigenous governing body including, but not limited to:
  • A band council within the meaning of Section 2 of the Indian Act;
  • A First Nation, Inuit or Métis government or authority established pursuant to a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and an Indigenous Peoples of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation; or
  • A First Nation, Inuit or Métis government that is established by or under legislation whether federal, provincial or territorial legislation that incorporates a governance structure.
  • An Indigenous Development Corporation; and
  • A not-for-profit organization whose central mandate is to improve Indigenous outcomes

Eligible Expenses

Expenditures directly related – and necessary – to the successful implementation of an eligible project will be considered as eligible. Eligible expenditures could include, for example:

  • Capital cost, design and planning;
  • Expenditures related to meeting specific program requirements, such as climate change and resiliency assessments, creating community employment benefit plans, as well as federal environmental assessments and duty to consult requirements.

The maximum federal contribution from all sources of the total eligible expenditures for a given project is as follows:

  • Up to 50% for provinces;
  • Up to 40% for municipalities and not-for profit organizations in provinces;
  • Up to 75% for territories;
  • Up to 100% for Indigenous Recipients, provinces, territories and municipalities for which projects primarily benefit Indigenous communities or Indigenous populations; and
  • Up to 25% for for-profit private sector organizations.

Deadline Date

  Ongoing. Scheduled to end in 2033.
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