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Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) | Environment Canada



The Environmental Damages Fund provides a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment. Priority funding is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife in the geographic region where the original incident occurred. To be eligible, projects must be delivered in a cost-effective, technically feasible and scientifically sound manner, and must address one or more of the following EDF categories:

  • Restoration (highest funding priority)
  • Environmental Quality Improvement
  • Research and Development
  • Education and Awareness

Eligible Applicants

  • Non-profit groups
  • Aboriginal communities and organizations
  • Universities
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments


  • Address one or more of EDF’s priority areas of Restoration, Environmental Quality Improvement, Research & Development, and Education & Awareness
  • Satisfy all conditions specified by the courts
  • Are scientifically sound and technically feasible
  • Are cost-effective in achieving goals, objectives, and results
  • Demonstrate that the applicant possesses or has access to necessary experience, knowledge, and skills required to undertake the project

Eligible Expenses

Deadline Date

  Currently closed. Future deadline January 2018.
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