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Study: Waste reduction and diversion | Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):


Grant: Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000.


We fund feasibility studies for initiatives that have the potential to help you divert at least 60% of municipal solid waste from your landfill, no matter how much you’re already diverting (i.e., 0-59%). If your municipality has already achieved the 60% target, your project must demonstrate the potential to move beyond it. If you are from a remote community, your diversion project must target a diversion rate of 15% over your current baseline. This funding helps Canadian cities and communities of all sizes reduce, reuse and recycle material that would otherwise enter the waste stream.

Eligible Applicants

All Canadian municipal governments; Municipal partners applying in partnership with a municipal government.

Eligible Expenses

  • You may compare several options or assess one option’s ability to divert solid waste from landfills. You may include multi-residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial waste in your study, and an evaluation of partnerships that may strengthen the business case of options assessed.
  • Projects involving thermal treatment are only eligible for funding if your municipality has already achieved a total diversion rate of at least 60% with reduction, reuse, recycling or biological processes. That diversion rate does not apply to thermal treatment projects in remote communities. If you are from a remote community, your diversion project must target a diversion rate of 15% over your current baseline.
  • Your feasibility study should assess the feasibility (e.g., technical, financial) of an initiative as well as its potential environmental, economic and social impacts.
  • Projects related to construction and expansion of landfills or those related solely to constructing transfer stations are not eligible.

Deadline Date

  Applications are accepted year round, though this offer will close when all funding has been allocated.


Contact Name: Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Phone Number: 1-877-417-0550

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