Participant Funding Program – National Program Guidelines

Objective

The overall objective of the PFP is to encourage effective participation by helping to ensure that concerns about the potential effects of a project on the environment, Aboriginal groups and on existing or potential Aboriginal or Treaty rights are taken into consideration during the environmental assessment process.

Effective participation can:

  • provide individuals and organizations with an opportunity to contribute to the planning of projects that may affect them;
  • allow proponents and the Agency to better understand and address public interest and concerns regarding the potential environmental effects of a project;
  • assist in identifying and preventing or mitigating potential adverse environmental effects by contributing community knowledge and Aboriginal traditional knowledge that may be applied in the environmental assessment; and
  • inform the environmental assessment process and the decisions that come out of that process.

Funding is made available by way of the PFP in support of achieving these benefits.