Apply to the Coastal Restoration Fund

3. Eligible activities and expenses

The fund supports physical habitat improvements, including:

  • focusing on:
    • estuaries
    • coastal watersheds
    • nearshore rearing areas
  • restoring key habitats, such as:
    • salt marshes
    • shellfish beds
    • eelgrass beds
    • beaches used by forage species for:
      • spawning
      • fry rearing
    • migratory corridors for salmon and char
  • addressing habitat needs for species at risk

Coastal restoration priority areas include:

  • Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Bay of Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • St. John Harbour and the mouth of the St. John River, New Brunswick
  • St. Lawrence Estuary
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • Northumberland Strait
  • Bay of Fundy
  • Bras d’Or Lake
  • Fraser River, British Columbia
  • Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
  • Skeena River, British Columbia
  • the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Eligible activities and expenses are as follows.


Eligible activities under the fund include:

  • those related to the:
    • design of coastal restoration plans
    • engineering and construction of physical structures associated with coastal restoration
    • maintenance of coastal restoration projects
  • coastal restoration project monitoring and reporting
  • rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitating aquatic habitats
  • feasibility and diagnostic studies, environmental evaluations and mapping
  • skills development, such as management and technical training related to the implementation and long-term sustainability of coastal restoration projects


Eligible expenses under the fund are limited to:

  • training
  • facility rental
  • materials and supplies
  • maintenance and repair
  • construction and related costs
  • professional and technical services
  • conferences, workshops and meetings
  • insurance expenses related to fund activities
  • machinery and equipment purchase or rental
  • travel based on National Joint Council Directives, including:
    • meals
    • allowances
    • accommodation
  • administrative overhead up to 10% of eligible costs of the project
  • salaries, wages and employer mandatory benefits (not applicable to core staff)
  • any GST/HST that’s not reimbursable by Canada Revenue Agency and any PST not reimbursable by the provinces
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