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Quebec Bulletin
October - November 2014/Volume 17/Number 5

Funding for Aquatic Habitat Restoration Projects

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) was launched by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in June 2013. This program aims to bring together partners with the goal of improving the long-term sustainability and productivity of the recreational fishery through the recovery and rehabilitation of the habitats of fish species targeted by recreational fishing.

A total of $10 million in funds was initially earmarked for the program over two fiscal years (2013-2015). In the last federal budget, an additional $15 million was allocated to the program, which was also extended to 2016.

Projects funded to date and upcoming projects

More than 40 habitat restoration projects have been funded under contribution agreements with Fisheries and Oceans Canada since the launch of the RFCPP. Funds granted have ranged from $6,500 to $230,000 and mainly gone toward projects to modify streams, floodplains and spawning grounds to restore habitats and increase the diversity of fish species. Funds have also been allocated to projects to restore the free passage of fish, including culvert replacement and passability improvements at waterfalls.

Improving Brook Trout habitat in the Réserve faunique de Portneuf
Before improvement
SEPAQ  M. Fleury
Before improvement
After improvement
SEPAQ  M. Fleury
After improvement

The third round for proposals closed on August 15, 2014. Funds confirmations have been announced in October 2014, agreements are under negotiations. A fourth round for proposals has been launched on October 17 for projects to be undertaken in 2015-2016. You have until December 12, 2014 to submit your project!

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program
Success stories and additional information

Harper Government Welcomes Applications Under Round 4 of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program
News Release, Government of Canada - October 24, 2014.

Guy Anne Castonguay
Stéphanie Rioux
Ecosystems Management

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