Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

Accepting applications

The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program is accepting applications from Inuit communities and organizations only for the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year.

This program provides funding for long-term climate monitoring projects in Indigenous communities.

Budget 2017 announced $31.4 million over 5 years to implement this program.

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About the program

This program was developed in response to needs identified by Indigenous partners through engagement on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change:

The program provides funding to support Indigenous peoples in the design, implementation, or expansion of long-term community-based climate monitoring projects. Specifically, the program supports community-led projects to monitor climate and the environmental effects of climate change on traditional lands and waters. The program also facilitates access to tools and best practices, enhances collaboration and coordination among initiatives, and supports Indigenous participation in program oversight.

For example, eligible activities for funding include:

The information gathered through community-based climate monitoring initiatives can be used to inform Indigenous community adaptation actions and address climate data gaps.

Furthermore, these initiatives provide local skill development and employment opportunities and promote knowledge transfer between Elders and youth.

Who can apply?

Applicants can work with external partners such as:

First Nations projects will be selected from eligible proposals received through the 2018-2019 call for proposals. New proposals from First Nations are not being considered at this time.

The program will continue to support Métis Nation Governing Members in developing community-based climate monitoring initiatives.

How to apply?

  1. Read the Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program Funding Guidelines 2019-2020 for information about the program and the application process
  2. Look at the list of projects funded in 2018-2019 for ideas about the kind of projects the program supports
  3. Talk to the program about your project idea
  4. Ask the program to send you an application package
  5. Submit your application to the program


Although there is no deadline for Inuit communities and organizations to apply, we urge applicants to contact us with their project ideas as soon as possible since funds for the 2019-2020 fiscal year are limited.

Contact us

By email at
By phone via the Public Enquiries Contact Centre at 1-800-567-9604.

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