First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program

Learn about the First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program (FNECP), who can apply for funding and how to apply.

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About the program

Indigenous Services Canada provides funding through the FNECP to help First Nations communities improve their health. The program supports these communities in identifying, investigating and characterizing the impact of exposure to environmental hazards. Its activities include community-based:

Who can apply

The groups that can apply for funding include:

First Nations in British Columbia should apply for funding under the First Nations Health Authority Environmental Contaminants Program.

Special requirement for funding

The FNECP requires all funded projects to be carried out in partnership with academically trained scientists with :

  • a track record of peer-reviewed publications in the field of the proposed project
  • a PhD/MSc-level for the primary research component
  • proven academic expertise and experience in conducting knowledge integration and risk communication for the knowledge integration and risk communication component

The scientific or academic partners must be identified in the proposal.

What contaminants are included

Any chemical or biological contaminants that are of concern to First Nations communities can be included in your proposal, based on potential human health risk due to exposure. This risk must be articulated and justified in the proposal.


The proposal package must be received by Indigenous Services Canada no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Time, January 4th, 2021.

How to apply

Contact the program at

Program staff will:

Contact us

First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program
Environmental Public Health Division
Office of Population and Public Health
Population Health and Primary Care Directorate
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Indigenous Services Canada
A.L. 1919D
10 Wellington Street, Suite 1455
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4

Phone: 613-293-5517
Fax: 613-952-8639

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