Federal Government to Support Recreational Fisheries and Wetland Conservation

October 17, 2014

 

Federal Government to Support Recreational Fisheries and Wetland Conservation

 

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, announced that the fourth window of applications under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) is now open. The Prime Minister also announced that Environment Canada is now accepting applications for projects under the second round of the National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF).

 

Under the RFCPP, the Government of Canada partners with local groups to implement a variety of projects that restore, rebuild or rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitats in Canada. The RFCPP was announced as part of the 2013 Federal Budget. The program received $10 million over two years. The 2014 Federal Budget added $15 million to the program and extended it by 1 year (2015-16). Several projects by local sportsmen’s associations and other groups have been funded in Bruce and Grey counties through this fund. This window for applications will close on December 12th, 2014.

 

The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) which is part of the National Conservation plan supports projects that restore degraded or lost wetlands, enhance degraded wetlands, scientifically assess and monitor the health and functionality of wetlands and the species that use them, and encourage stewardship and wetland appreciation by a wide variety of partners. Proposals for projects to be funded under the National Wetland Conservation Fund must be submitted by the November 21st, 2014 deadline.

 

“I am very pleased to see that the Federal Government will be accepting applications for Government funding to support recreational fisheries in Canada as well as support for conserving Canada’s wetlands,” said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “Many groups in Bruce and Grey counties have taken advantage of these funding programs to support important projects in the area. I strongly encourage all interested organizations to apply for funding from the Federal Government through these programs.”

 

For more information on the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program please visit; http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html.

 

For more information on the National Wetland Conservation Fund please visit; https://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=en&n=FD9B0E51-1.

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