Arts and Culture

Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, Ontario $100,000

Canadian History Hall Education Outreach & Engagement

The Museum will develop online learning resources to engage students in Canada's history, responding to the different needs of the various provincial and territorial curricula. These visual resources will make ample use of content from the Canadian History Hall to tell the history of its people and the enduring legacy of Canada's past.




Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario $50,000

Arctic Gallery

A signature gallery at Canada's national Museum of Nature and natural sciences the Arctic Gallery tells the story of Canada's Arctic past, present and future focused on exploration, geography, education, climate change, sustainability - and the resilience of its people over millennia. The new Arctic Gallery opened in June 2017. Third of a 3-year grant.



Library and Archives Canada, Gatineau, Québec $25,000

Pilot Digitization Project of Newspaper Material

The National Digitization Strategy aims to improve access to Canada's documentary heritage by making collections easily accessible online, standards-based, and coordinated in a national plan. The pilot digitization project of newspaper material will serve to demonstrate best practices for digitizing select collections that can be shared with memory institutions across Canada to help build a national, representative newspaper collection. Second of a 2-year grant.



Northern Public Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario $10,000

Arctic Conservation Series

The current series of articles on the environment will highlight the importance of ecosystem conservation within the context of economic development and the need to promote a low-impact, sustainable future for Arctic communities. The series will explore challenges and opportunities for facilitating local economic development and renewable energy while safeguarding traditional knowledge, sustainable fisheries and the health of barren-ground caribou.



University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario $75,000

Dictionary of Old English

The Dictionary of Old English is a major international humanities research project defining the vocabulary of the first six centuries of the English language from approximately 600 to 1150. Using 21st century technology and research tools, this work in progress is linked with the Middle English Dictionary as well as the Oxford English Dictionary and when completed, the documented vocabulary of Old English will provide the basic building blocks to a complete understanding of the English language and how it has evolved over time.




Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia $20,000

Acid Rain Mitigation Plan for Southwest Nova Scotia Watersheds

Ongoing acidification of freshwater resources in SW Nova Scotia compromises any significant return of salmon populations in these rivers and streams. The mapping of watershed areas with high toxic aluminum levels will help inform which streams and rivers are priority candidates for acid mitigation measures. Thirteen priority watersheds are the focus of current conservation and habitat restoration efforts to bring back Atlantic salmon. Third of a 3-year grant.



Ducks Unlimited Canada, Barrie, Ontario $45,000

Positioning Wetlands as Critical Natural Infrastructure

DUC will use its modelling study of wetlands in the Credit River Watershed to survey key industry stakeholders including banking, insurance, development, construction, and government agencies as to current thinking around the value of wetlands as natural unbuilt infrastructure. Survey results will inform a communications and outreach strategy to promote the benefits of existing and restored wetlands in providing critical natural infrastructure for flood mitigation relative to the projected costs of building more grey infrastructure.



Ecojustice , Toronto, Ontario $25,000

Protecting Canadians' Health and the Environment

Ecojustice will provide written briefs, formal submissions and other inputs to the comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999). A renewed CEPA will strengthen existing programs and respond to emerging issues including improved risk management, updated criteria for chemicals and toxic substances, and greater public engagement in protecting the environment and human health.



Environmental Defence, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Greenbelt Protection and Expansion

Environmental Defence continues to promote the implementation of better and more efficient land use practices, the development of compact, complete communities in existing urbanized areas as well as the advancement of higher order transit investments for making communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe more livable. The new smart cities + smart communities lab will showcase best practices for local communities, municipal governments and the province to help advance implementation of the Growth Plan and other smart growth policies across the GGH within a well protected and expanded Greenbelt. Second of a 2-year grant.




Equiterre, Montreal, Quebec $20,000

Raising Awareness of the Impacts of Pesticides

Equiterre continues to promote public outreach regarding the risks, use and control of pesticides currently allowed in agriculture as well as in urban areas in Quebec. Greater public awareness and understanding of the impacts of pesticides on human health, pollinators and the environment will help to support stronger legislative and regulatory oversight both at the federal level and for the Pesticide Management Code in Quebec.



Green Budget Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario $5,000

The Green Budget Coalition brings together 19 of Canada's leading environmental organizations to analyze the most pressing issues for improving environmental sustainability in Canada. It makes a consolidated set of annual recommendations to the federal government regarding strategic fiscal and budgetary opportunities going forward.



IISD Experimental Lakes Area, Winnipeg, Manitoba $25,000

Potential Effects of Diluted Bitumen Spills

In order to analyze potential effects of spills of diluted bitumen on the environment, the ELA will conduct an experiment simulating a dilbit spill in a natural aquatic environment. Research outcomes will help inform evidence-based management strategies for pipeline spills on Canada's freshwater resources by assessing the ecosystem's natural ability to cleanse itself and by assessing the impacts of contamination on natural systems over a range of dilbit concentrations.



Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association, Manitowaning, Ontario $15,000

Stream restoration at several sites includes bank stabilization, improvements to aquatic habitat, minimizing erosion, and planting vegetation near areas critical to fish spawning and nurseries. Community engagement and stewardship activities continue to play a key role in building awareness and providing learning opportunities for youth, to protect the environment and Manitoulin's abundant freshwater resources. Second of a 2-year grant.



Nature Conservancy of Canada, Fredericton, New Brunswick $25,000

Freshwater Conservation Blueprint

The Freshwater Conservation Blueprint provides science-based tools to assess the condition of lakes and rivers and their populations of Atlantic species such as fish, amphibians and reptiles, as well as identifying areas critical to maintaining connected watersheds. Mapping out threats and stresses to freshwater ecosystems will enable NCC to prioritize the best locations for conservation and restoration work across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and eastern Québec. The extensive Blueprint for Atlantic Canada will link up with similar mapping and datasets collected for the Northeastern United States. Second of a 2-year grant.




Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ottawa, Ontario $45,000

Ending Sewage Overflows into Canada's Capital River

Over the next 3 years Ottawa Riverkeeper will work to engage the public, various levels of government and other stakeholders in a collaborative effort to promote governance structure and a strategic action plan for the Ottawa River watershed. Broad collaboration across the Ottawa-Gatineau Region will help reduce if not eliminate current sewer overflows into the river, reporting overflows in real-time to the public. Greater infrastructure investment will be encouraged from Québec as well as from the Federal government.



Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education, Toronto, Ontario $5,000

To coordinate strategies and communications for environmental priorities by some of Canada's largest environmental organizations.



Smart Prosperity Institute, Ottawa, Ontario $25,000

Municipal Natural Capital Initiative

The Smart Prosperity Institute continues to promote the concept of municipal natural assets as a way of integrating green infrastructure into the asset management and financial planning of municipalities. The initiative aims to equip local governments across Canada with the tools needed to identify and account for natural assets at the community level, as well as best practice guidelines for working with community stakeholders to increase natural asset management. The goal is to preserve natural environments and the vital ecosystem services they provide while reducing risk and lowering costs as part of a sustainable infrastructure strategy.



Succession, Ottawa, Ontario $22,000

Promoting Green Infrastructure in Ottawa

Together with Ecology Ottawa and other stakeholders Succession will work closely with municipal planning partners at the City of Ottawa to develop green infrastructure solutions at scale. Key to the success of this initiative is an analysis of green infrastructure performance and best practices in other municipalities, and to communicate the benefits and business case for widespread and rapid implementation for the City of Ottawa. Using natural processes to expand green infrastructure will help create capital cost savings and reduce the lifecycle burden on built systems.


Tides Canada Initiatives, Toronto, Ontario $30,000

Reducing Toxics in Canada

A collaboration of several environmental NGOs in a multi-year initiative to reduce exposure to toxics in Canada starting with the current review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999) and the Pest Control Products Act (2006), updating the management and regulation of toxics across the country.


Tides Canada Initiatives, Toronto, Ontario $20,000

Lake Erie Alive: Building a Movement to Heal a Great Lake

With their combined skills in communications and strategic planning, outreach and community engagement, the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and Freshwater Future work closely with US counterparts to implement a bi-national public engagement strategy for eliminating toxic algae contamination in the Lake Erie Basin. This operates at a regional level down to more local grassroots activities. Domestic Action Plans guide sub watershed monitoring, new policy approaches and proactive compliance and enforcement mechanisms to meet progressive reduction targets and improved water quality. Second of a 2-year grant.




TNC Canada, Toronto, Ontario $25,000

Permanent Protection for Thaidene Nene, NWT

Located at the eastern end of Great Slave Lake Thaidene Nene will be one of the largest protected areas in Canada at over 6 million acres. After decades of negotiations, the boundaries of Thaidene Nene were agreed in 2016 with the people of Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation, the government of the Northwest Territories, and Canada's Federal government. It will be comprised of a caribou protection area, a Territorial park, and a National Park Reserve. TNC continues to play an important role ensuring legislative protections are in place as well as a solid framework for local community management and youth training to safeguard the lands, waters and wildlife that have sustained the Lutsel K'e for generations. Once formal protections are in place a dedicated Trust Fund will continue to support monitoring, management and conservation of the park's resources over the long term. Second of a 2-year grant.



Wildlife Conservation Society, Toronto, Ontario $15,000

Establishing Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada

WCS continues to promote awareness, understanding and adoption of the Key Biodiversity Areas international standard, a globally agreed methodology to identify sites that contribute significantly to the world's biodiversity, and where it applies to important sites in Canada. Working with ENGOs, government agencies and other partners WCS has taken a leadership role in consolidating Canadian standards with internationally recognized KBA criteria. Key Biodiversity Areas will contribute to the federal government's commitment to increase biodiversity protection for Canada by 2020. In addition, it will provide vital information for environmental assessments and land-use planning to mitigate or offset the impacts of natural resource development and associated infrastructure across the country. Second of a 2-year grant.



WWF Canada, Toronto, Ontario $65,000

Conserving the Beaufort Sea

WWF continues to build relationships with communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Beaufort to help collect traditional and scientific knowledge for community-based mapping including ecologically and culturally sensitive marine areas. This work helps to inform Arctic Council's long-term goal of developing circumpolar solutions for ecosystem-based management across the Arctic. WWF is also working with northern partners to develop low-impact renewable energy in these same communities, promoting greater self-sufficiency and potential reductions in greenhouse gases. Third of a 3-year grant.