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The Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) helps Aboriginal and northern communities address the risks and challenges posed by climate change.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada's Climate Change Adaptation Program received 64 funding applications for its current fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2016). All funding has been allocated. The program ends in March 2016.

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About the program

The Climate Change Adaptation Program encourages Aboriginal and northern communities to take the lead in assessing and developing strategies that combat the impact of climate change. It is a proposal-based program that allows communities to:

Infrastructure in Canada's North is particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change such as permafrost degradation, coastal erosion, and changing temperatures and precipitation patterns.

As part of the Government of Canada's Clean Air Agenda CCAP helps build capacity and foster resilience in some of Canada's most vulnerable communities.

CCAP provides up to $200,000 to selected projects in the following priority areas:

In its first three years (2008-2011), the program funded over 90 projects in 80 communities across Canada and issued its last call for applications in 2015.

The program ends in March 2016.

No new applications are being accepted.

Who can apply?

There are two streams:

Stream A: North (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut)

Eligible recipients for funding in the North include:

  • First Nations and Inuit or their organizations such as boards, committees, agencies, band operated enterprises or other entities as designated by the Chief and council, tribal councils or hamlet
  • individuals
  • organizations (e.g., associations, not-for-profit institutions, education/research institutions, etc)
  • other levels of government and other non-federal entities, public or private

Stream B: South (all 10 provinces excluding Nunavik and Nunatsiavut)

Eligible recipients for funding in the South include:

  • First Nation communities:
    • including a First Nation government in a province on the condition that the First Nation has indicated support for the project and for the legally designated representative to act as an applicant through a formal band or tribal council resolution
    • and/or a band or tribal council or its agent (including its wholly owned corporation)
  • Innu communities where the applicant is on-reserve or on Crown Land in the provinces

The program will end in March 2016 and no new applications are being accepted.


Applications are no longer being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications was December 17, 2014 at noon Eastern Time.

How to apply

Proposals are no longer being accepted for this program.

What is an eligible project?

A project that:

  • demonstrates a clear link to climate change impacts and adaptation
  • is consistent with program objectives
  • addresses one or more of the priority areas
  • uses a methodology which demonstrates how the proponent will meet the objectives of the project
  • is community driven
  • includes a capacity building component

A project that addresses the following issues is not eligible:

  • environmental monitoring
  • food security
  • emergency management or preparedness
  • development of school curriculum
  • health related studies
  • inventory of species and/or ecological assessment
  • renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects
  • implementation of adaptation measures
  • general climate change outreach and knowledge transfer

What are eligible expenses?

  • salaries and wages
  • transportation
  • accommodations and living allowance
  • training and workshops
  • professional services (to a maximum of 40% of Climate Change Adaptation Program contribution)
  • audit (to a maximum of 5% of Climate Change Adaptation Program contribution)
  • communications
  • office supplies and equipment dedicated to the project, printing, data collection, analysis and reporting
  • administrative costs (to a maximum of 15% of Climate Change Adaptation Program contribution)

Previously selected projects

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