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Ontario Community Environment Fund


How not-for-profit organizations, First Nations and Métis communities, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, and conservation authorities can get government grants for local projects that help protect and restore the environment.

Your organization could receive a grant for projects in the following tertiary watersheds:

  • Black River - Lake Simcoe
  • Central Abitibi
  • Credit River - 16 Mile Creek
  • Englehart
  • Goulais
  • Humber - Don River
  • Michipicoten - Magpie
  • Penetangore
  • Spanish
  • Sydenham
  • Upper Abitibi
  • Upper Groundhog
  • Whitefish

Find your watershed


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

The fund is open to:

  • Aboriginal communities and organizations;
  • Academic institutions;
  • Conservation Authorities;
  • Municipalities;
  • Incorporated non-profit organizations; and
  • Incorporated community-based groups

Past applicants

If you applied before, you may apply again this year.

If you applied for, and were granted funding in past years, you may apply again, but only for different activities.

Eligible projects

Funding is available for three different kinds of land and water-based projects:

1) Community-based environmental remediation and restoration projects. For example:

  • Re-establishing potential spawning and rearing habitat for fish
  • Stabilizing stream banks and planting trees along the edge of a river to encourage re-vegetation
  • Stream restoration for improved water quality and better habitat for aquatic species
  • Improving watershed riparian zones to restore streams and reduce nutrient loading
  • Improving the habitat of endangered species

2) Research, education, and outreach activities. For example:

  • Holding a workshop to increase awareness of spill prevention, pollution prevention or the impacts of contaminant discharges on the environment
  • Investigating the long-term effects and cumulative impacts of pollutant discharges on the environment and public health
  • Creating public education materials in conjunction with an outreach initiative on pollution prevention
  • In the event of habitat contamination, gathering species baseline data for a damage assessment

3) Measures that build spill preparedness and response capacity in the community. For example:

  • Developing or enhancing notification procedures in the event of a spill
  • Developing a community action plan to enhance the capacity of local groups or community members to protect and restore the natural environment in the event of a spill or environmental damage

Project deadline

Multi-year projects are eligible for funding under OCEF. However, projects cannot exceed two (2) years.

Program Guidelines


Public Information Centre
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4923
TTY in the Greater Toronto Area: 416-326-9236
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-515-2759

OCEF Inbox - OCEF@ontario.ca

Project Manager - Ontario Community Environment Fund
Scotty McCaw


Program Back-up
Faith Sayavong
(416) 212-2831

Last updated: April 4, 2017