Participant Funding Program – National Program Guidelines


The Participant Funding Program (PFP) supports public and Aboriginal participation in environmental assessments conducted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency), by review panels and joint review panels pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). The PFP is administered by the Agency.

CEAA 2012 sets out the roles and responsibilities and procedures for environmental assessments. Sections 57 and 58 of CEAA 2012 require the Agency to establish a participant funding program to facilitate the participation of the public in the environmental assessments it conducts and environmental assessments that have been referred to review panels.

The purpose of this document is to describe the PFP components and process, and the roles and responsibilities of successful applicants.

Individuals, incorporated not-for-profit organizations and Aboriginal groups interested in participating in a federal environmental assessment are eligible to apply for participant funding in one of two funding components:

  • Regular Funding: provides limited financial assistance to individuals, incorporated not-for-profit organizations, and Aboriginal groups to help prepare for and participate in key public participation opportunities provided during environmental assessments by the Agency, review panels or joint review panels.
  • Aboriginal Funding: provides limited funding to Aboriginal groups to assist them to prepare for and participate in Aboriginal consultation activities and key participation opportunities associated with environmental assessments by the Agency, review panels or joint review panels. Aboriginal groups in receipt of funding from this component for a specific environmental assessment process are not eligible for participant funding under the Regular Funding for the same process.

The funding made available by the Agency's PFP supports public participation opportunities posted on the Agency's website and Aboriginal consultation opportunities described in specific Aboriginal consultation plans established for a project.

The Agency receives a fixed annual budget for the PFP and administers it to provide limited financial contributions to eligible applicants in a fair and transparent manner. The Agency is not able to cover all expenses incurred and participants are encouraged to investigate other sources of funding or in-kind support.