Employer Funding Options

Environment Canada

EcoAction Community Funding Program

EcoAction Community Funding Program

Name of Grant: EcoAction Community Funding Program

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/ecoaction-community-program/potential-applicants.html


Environment and Climate Change Canada's (ECCC) EcoAction Community Funding Program is now accepting applications for funding until January 9, 2019 for projects beginning summer 2019.

Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the key environmental priority: fresh water.

Your project must include one related priority result:

Canadians contribute to the improvement of water quality through:

  • the diversion and reduction of harmful substances and plastic waste in fresh water; or
  • the improvement and restoration of aquatic habitat

Canadians contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Canada’s fresh water.

Preference will be given to proposals that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth or small businesses. All proposals must fully meet program requirements.

Please refer to the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) to obtain a copy of the 2019 Applicant's Guide and to complete the online application form.

All projects must clearly demonstrate that activities are measurable, provide opportunities for community members to take action, and will result in positive environmental impact. All projects and activities must include at least one environmental indicator and one capacity building indicator as per the program's list of performance indicators (please refer to the Applicant's Guide).

The maximum length of a project is 36 consecutive months.

For more information on what projects and activities are eligible or not, please refer to the Applicant’s Guide.

Financial Support:

At least 50% of the total value of your project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada. The maximum EcoAction funding is $100,000; the minimum funding amount request is $25,000.

Eligible Organizations:

Non-profit groups and non-governmental groups and organizations are eligible to receive funding through the EcoAction Community Funding Program. Examples of eligible groups include:

  • environmental groups
  • community groups
  • youth and seniors groups
  • community-based associations
  • service clubs
  • Indigenous organizations

The following groups are not eligible but are encouraged to partner with non-profit organizations to support a project proposal:

  • businesses
  • educational institutions
  • individuals
  • municipal, provincial, territorial, federal governments

For more information:

Please refer to the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) to obtain a copy of the 2019 Applicant's Guide and to complete the online application form.

For GCEMS technical assistance, please contact: ec.sgesc-gcems-sgesc-gcems.ec@canada.ca

A program officer will be pleased to discuss the eligibility of your group and project, answer your questions and provide general guidance.

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

Name of Grant: Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/habitat-stewardship-species-at-risk.html


The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) was established in 2000. It provides funding for projects submitted by Canadians that contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and prevent others from becoming a conservation concern. Environment and Climate Change Canada administers HSP projects that support terrestrial stewardship projects while Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for administering HSP aquatic stewardship projects.

The overall objectives of the Habitat Stewardship Program are to:

  • Support habitat projects that benefit species at risk and prevent others from becoming a conservation concern;
  • Enable Canadians to become actively involved in stewardship projects for species at risk which will result in tangible and measurable conservation benefits; and
  • Improve the scientific, sociological and economic understanding of stewardship as a conservation tool

The expected results of the HSP are:

  • Canada’s wildlife and habitat is conserved and protected
  • Canada’s species at risk are recovered; and
  • Indigenous Peoples are engaged in conservation

Eligible projects:  In order to be eligible for funding, proposed projects must target species listed as Endangered, Threatened and of Special Concern on Schedule 1 of SARA.

Activities eligible for funding include:

  • Habitat Protection and Securement
  • Habitat Improvement
  • Species and Habitat Threat Abatement
  • Conservation Planning
  • Surveys, Inventories and Monitoring
  • Project Evaluation
  • Outreach and Education

Note: Activities other than those listed above may be considered subject to approval

Financial Support:

Funding usually ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 per project. Projects may extend over more than one year to a maximum of 3 years. A minimum of 1:1 matching contributions from non-federal sources is required.  For every $1 provided by the HSP, at least $1 needs to be raised by project recipients. This leveraging can take the form of either financial or in-kind resources (equipment loans, donations of building materials and volunteer labour).

Eligible Organizations:

  • Canadian non-governmental organizations
  • Community groups
  • Indigenous organizations and communities
  • Individuals
  • Private corporations and businesses
  • Educational institutions
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • Provincial Crown corporations

Federal departments, federal agencies and federal Crown corporations are not eligible to receive HSP funds.    


Please consult the 2019-2020 Call for Proposals to align your proposal with the program priorities.  The application package can be obtained by emailing:  ec.PIH-HSP.ec@canada.ca.

For general Environment and Climate Change Canada or Canadian Wildlife Service inquiries, please contact 1-800-668-6767 or ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca.

Environmental Damages Fund

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/environmental-damages-fund.html


The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is a specified purpose account, administered by Environment Canada, to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment. The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) follows the Polluter Pays Principle to help ensure that those who cause environmental damage or harm to wildlife take responsibility for their actions.


The purpose of any contribution to the EDF is to restore the environment and conserve wildlife and habitats in a scientifically sound, cost-effective and technically feasible way. 

Expected results

Monetary awards are used to fund projects that focus on environmental restoration, environmental quality improvement, research and development, and education and awareness.

Projects that are considered a priority for funding are those that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife, in the same geographic area where the incident occurred. Other types of projects that may be considered for funding include environmental quality improvement initiatives, research and development on environmental damage assessment and restoration, and education on pollution prevention and the restoration of natural resources. In addition, your project must include at least one of the performance indicators of the Environmental Damages Fund.

Financial Support:

Available funds vary according to the number of court awards and voluntary contributions being sent to the EDF, and in which province or territory. For details on funding in your region, visit the Environmental Damages Fund: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/environmental-damages-fund/available-funds.html

Eligible Organizations:

  • non-governmental organizations
  • universities and academic institutions
  • Indigenous organizations
  • provincial, territorial and municipal governments

Ineligible Groups:

Ineligible groups are encouraged to partner with eligible groups to apply for funding.

  • individuals
  • businesses
  • federal governments and agencies

Offenders are not eligible to apply directly, or to partner with eligible groups, for fines or monetary payments they have made that were directed to the EDF.


When you're ready to apply, visit the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) application instructions page: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/application-instructions.html

Ontario Region
4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4

Phone: 416-739-4734 or 1-800-661-7785 (toll-free)

E-mail: ec.fdeon-edfon.ec@canada.ca

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/science-technology/managing/horizons-youth-internship-program.html


Since 1997, Science Horizons has supported over 2700 internship opportunities across Canada.

Part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), Science Horizons helps young people gain the skills, abilities, and work experience they need to find and maintain good jobs. YES has a new focus on green jobs for youth, to help young Canadians gain valuable work experience, learn about our natural environment and contribute to economic growth in environmental and clean technology sectors.

Science Horizons supports green jobs for youth by providing wage subsidies to eligible employers to hire interns in environmental and clean technology sectors. Interns must be recent college or university graduates eligible to work in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

The program is delivered through these organizations:

  • BioTalent Canada
  • Clean Foundation
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada
  • ECO Canada
  • Mitacs 

Financial Support:

Science Horizons may provide a wage subsidy of up to $15,000 to hire an environmental or clean technology intern!

Eligible Organizations:

*Check with each delivery organization listed above.


The program is delivered through these organizations:

BioTalent Canada:  https://www.biotalent.ca/wage-subsidies#Science Horizons

Clean Foundation:  https://clean-foundation.hivebrite.com/page/professional-internships

Colleges and Institutes Canada:  https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/what-we-do/canadian-partnerships/career-launcher-internships/

ECO Canada:   https://www.eco.ca/wage-subsidy-programs/

Mitacs: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/career-connect



Climate Action Fund

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/climate-action-fund.html


Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. More than ever before, Canadians are taking part in climate action. Increasing awareness and action on climate change helps Canadians lead more affordable, cleaner and healthier lives while protecting our environment.

The Climate Action Fund (CAF) supports climate actions in communities across Canada. It seeks to increase awareness and participation in climate action among Canadians, especially youth, students, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, and small and medium businesses.

Financial Support:

The Climate Action Fund will provide up to $3 million in funding to increase action and awareness on climate change and climate change initiatives driven by, or in support of students, youth, Indigenous peoples and organizations, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Eligible Organizations:

The Climate Action Fund supports projects undertaken by the following eligible recipients:

  • full-time Canadian students, including undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral students registered at Canadian colleges or universities
  • Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive)
  • research, academic and educational institutions
  • Indigenous peoples and organizations
  • Canadian small and medium businesses with less than 500 employees
  • industry and/or trade associations
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations, such as non-governmental organizations, professional, industry, community, and student/youth clubs or associations


When contacting us, please include your name, contact information, and the organization you are representing.

Email: ec.facsoumissions-cafsubmissions.ec@canada.ca


Other Sources

Ontario Ministry of Revenue

Ontario Ministry of Revenue – Co-operative Education Tax Credit

Name of Grant: The Co-operative Education Tax Credit

Website: http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/english/credit/cetc/


The Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) is a refundable tax credit. The CETC is available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax system.

Financial Support:

The CETC is based on salaries and wages paid to a student in a co-operative education work placement. The maximum credit for each work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months.

Eligibility Criteria:

Ontario businesses that hire students enrolled in a post-secondary co-operative education program are eligible for the CETC.


The MES Program Co-operative Education Office will contact you at the end of the co-op work term to provide you with the documentation required.


ECO Canada Co-op Funding

ECO Canada Co-op Funding

Name of Grant: ECO Canada Co-op Funding

Website: https://www.eco.ca/coop-program/


ECO Canada's new CO-OP Program provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% to a maximum of $5000 to employers hiring students in an environmental role.

As part of Canada's Work-Integrated Learning strategy, we are matching students with employers in the environmental sector to help them on the path to a bright career.

Financial Support:

Funding for up to 16-weeks of paid student work-terms.  ECO Canada's new CO-OP Program provides a wage subsidy of up to 50% to a maximum of $5000 to employers hiring students in an environmental role.

Eligible Organizations:

Organizations in Canada working in the environmental sector and are looking to hire students from science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).


ECO Canada
#400 – 105 12 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1A1

Phone: 403-233-0748     Toll Free Phone: 1-800-890-1924

Fax: 403-2699544

Email:  Co-op Program Information: Email us at swilp@eco.ca 


Mitacs - Accelerate

Mitacs - Accelerate

Name of Grant: Mitacs - Accelerate

Website: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate#business


Solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need — your financial contribution starts at $7,500.

Financial Support:

For each four-month internship unit, the company contributes $7,500 which is matched by MITACS through the support of federal and provincial funding partners. Longer projects (8, 12, 16, 20 months etc) are possible and simply require more funding from the partner company which is also matched by the program.

Per four-month unit, the intern receives a minimum stipend of $10,000 with the remaining $5,000 supporting other costs associated with the research.

Eligible Organizations:

Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada

For-profit businesses operating outside Canada

Not-for-profit corporation eligibility and project economic orientation must be assessed prior to proposal submission

All sectors


Taylor Pritchard, MSc. | Business Development Specialist (London) | Mitacs

T: 519.476.2561 | E: tpritchard@mitacs.ca | O: Western University, North Campus Building, Rm 213

TD Group Financial Services

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Name of Grant:  TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Website:  https://www.td.com/corporate-responsibility/fef-grant.jsp


Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada.

The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.  Eligible projects include schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, park programming and citizen science initiatives.

Financial Support:

Funding requests are needs based, and there is no set minimum or maximum amount for which you can apply. However, the majority of TD FEF grants are between $2,000 and $8,000.

Eligible Organizations:

  • Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
  • Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal groups


Carolyn Scotchmer, Executive Director, Carolyn.scotchmer@td.com

Pacific and Prairies Region, Mandip.Kharod@td.com

Ontario, Sarah.Colley@td.com

Quebec and Atlantic, Delphine.Acoca@td.com