First Nations Waste Management Initiative
Find out about funding available for solid waste management projects on reserve.
Under Budget 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is investing $409 million over five years for First Nation communities to improve how solid waste is managed on reserve.
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About the program
This initiative supports First Nations in developing sustainable waste management systems through modern infrastructure, operations, training and partnerships. It is a complementary source of funding to the First Nation Infrastructure Fund.
In fiscal year 2017 to 2018, $96.2 million in funding is available for a range of waste management solutions, such as:
- community waste management agreements with municipalities and service providers (municipal-type agreements)
- transfer stations to support off-reserve waste diversion
- engineered landfills in remote and isolated communities
- waste reduction and diversion initiatives such as recycling, composting and hazardous waste programs
- waste operator training
- coordinating waste diversion
- waste awareness and education programming
- landfill management and closing of refuse sites
- management plans and feasibility studies
Who can apply?
- First Nation communities
- tribal councils
- First Nations technical service organizations
- related not-for-profit organizations (excluding charities)
- eligible collaborative organizations operating on behalf of First Nations
For a full list of eligible recipients, contact TDEdechets-LEDwaste@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca or your INAC regional office.
There is no application deadline. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
How to apply?
First Nation communities should ensure that their waste infrastructure needs are described in their First Nations Infrastructure Investment Plan.
All other applicants should contact their INAC regional office for more information.