Reserve Lands and Environment Management

The Lands and Economic Development Services Program provides targeted funding for lands and economic development support services to help communities achieve the objectives of the Program. This includes services that prevent the contamination of reserve lands and other lands under AANDC's custodial responsibility.

Who is eligible?

  • First Nation and Inuit communities and their governments, including Tribal Councils (Inuit communities are only eligible for the economic development services component)
  • Other persons performing delegated land management functions under Sections 53 and/or 60 of the Indian Act on behalf of First Nations

What activities are eligible?

  • land support for:
    • initiatives that support the development of land and resources under community control as well as access to opportunities from lands and resources not under community control;
    • initiatives that support compliance with the statutory provisions of the Indian Act and the processing of land management instruments under the Indian Act.
  • environmental management support for:
    • initiatives that enhance environmental awareness and support efforts towards pollution prevention;
    • initiatives that support environmental management best practices with land and community assets; and
    • initiatives to improve environmental regulatory compliance.

How can I apply?

What expenditures are eligible?

  • salaries, wages, and benefits
  • travel
  • overhead, including (but not limited to) rent, utilities, supplies, accounting and audit services, and insurance
  • minor machinery and equipment
  • communications, including (but not limited to) content development, translation, dissemination, advertising, and signage
  • professional, consulting, advisory, and other services (including fees, travel, and report production)
  • attendance at, or participation in, training and professional development programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, events, events and meetings, including (but not limited to) tuition, registration, travel, testing and evaluation
  • work experience, including travel
  • preparing, organizing, and delivering conferences, workshops, seminars, events, meetings and information sessions, including (but not limited to) room and equipment rentals, food and beverage, promotion, travel and the costs of presenters or facilitators
  • land surveys and appraisals
  • awareness and information sessions, training, and communications relating to environmental promotion and compliance
  • feasibility studies, marketing, advertising, and promotion
  • costs related to economic infrastructure such as, planning, design, identification, capitalization, and acquisition of rights and rights-of-way (core allocations only)
  • capital costs relating to the establishment, acquisition, expansion or modernization of an Aboriginal business

What expenditures are ineligible?

  • payments for services normally provided without charge (e.g., honoraria)
  • operation, repair and maintenance of economic or municipal infrastructure
  • economic infrastructure which has a reasonable expectation of capturing capital and operating costs through user fees and other means, and can function as a commercial enterprise
  • costs for services provided by a federal or provincial government

Reporting Requirements

Recipients are responsible for meeting the reporting requirements set out in their funding agreement, within the established deadline (e.g., annual, semi-annual and/or quarterly) and with financial reports consistent with the Department's Directive 121 – Financial Reporting.

Progress reports should present evidence that the conditions set in the funding agreement, as well as the performance objective/milestone, have been met. They should also include a summary of the costs, by cost category, and a list of incurred costs. Data, schedules, plans, and reports should be submitted in sufficient detail to enable AANDC to:

  1. assess the project's progress;
  2. carry out post-completion monitoring as outlined in the funding arrangement; and
  3. evaluate the contribution's effectiveness.

A monitoring plan must also be developed for each project to provide periodic information on the initiative's progress against the milestones proposed in the application. This plan will also be used to identify unanticipated risks or impediments to achieving intended results. The level of monitoring will correspond to the level of risk associated with the project. Progress and financial reports will also be required at a minimum on an annual basis. Lastly, recipients must submit a final report at the conclusion of a project, in keeping with the terms of the funding arrangements.