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:

Who can apply?

For a full list of eligible recipients, contact 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.

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