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Our Partners

We are a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.

Our Mission

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) compensates for the impacts to fish, wildlife impacted by BC Hydro dams.

Our Vision

Thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.

Our Objectives

Conservation

Maintain or improve the status of species or ecosystems of concern. Maintain or improve the integrity and productivity of ecosystems and habitats.

Sustainable Use

Maintain or improve opportunities for sustainable use, including harvesting and other uses. Harvesting includes First Nations, recreational, sport and commercial harvests. Other uses may include cultural, medicinal, or non-consumptive uses.

Community Engagement

Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and aboriginal communities. This objective stems from BC Hydro’s social responsibility policy and the Province of B.C. shared stewardship objective.

2015 Review Results

We contracted Insights West in 2015 to do a Review of Perceptions and Opportunities for Improvement among First Nations, our stakeholders and the public.

Seven hundred and seventy four people – stakeholders, First Nations, and public – took part through a mixture of online surveys and phone interviews. The summary report by Insights West was completed in 2016.

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How We Operate

The FWCP operates in three regions across the province of B.C.. In the Columbia and Peace Regions, FWCP operates to meet fish and wildlife conditions in BC Hydro’s water licences. Learn more about BC Hydro’s water use planning. In the Coastal Region, the FWCP’s work is a voluntary initiative.

In each region a local Board comprised of agencies, First Nations, and public stakeholders guides our work and is responsible for approving all FWCP projects and budgets. FWCP projects are funded and delivered through our annual grants, long-term agreements and partnerships. Our Boards may also choose to direct projects and approve funding to address regional priorities.

How We’re Governed

Our governance manual defines a harmonized governance and delivery framework that recognizes the unique attributes of each of the regions in which we operate – Peace, Columbia and Coastal. The governance manual provides a structure for the delivery of the Program and is used in combination with the FWCP Basin, Watershed, and Action Plans to guide program implementation. See our organizational chart.

Our Regions

Coastal Region

The Coastal Region includes Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Southern Interior. See map. Coastal Region Board and Committee Members review grant applications in this region.

Columbia Region

The Columbia Region includes the East and West Kootenay, Valemount and the upper Columbia River. See map. Columbia Region Board and Committee Members review grant applications in this region.

Peace Region

The Peace Region includes the communities of Mackenzie, McLeod Lake, Hudson’s Hope, Tsay Keh Village, and Fort Ware, as well as the traditional territories of many other First Nations in the region. See map. Peace Region Board, First Nations Working Group and Committee Members review grant applications in this region.

Recognizing FWCP

If you received a grant from us, please acknowledge our contribution to your project by including our logo on any project communications. Contact us at fwcp@bchydro.com, or 250-352-1300, and we can provide you with the best logo to suit your needs.

Our History

1988

Peace-Williston Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program established in Peace Region, now known as the FWCP's Peace Region.

1995

Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program established in Columbia Region, now known as the FWCP's Columbia Region.

1999

Bridge Coastal Restoration Program established, now known as the FWCP's Coastal Region.

2008

Following a comprehensive and independent evaluation in 2008, the three regions begin operating in a more harmonized manner, following a more consistent approach to delivering fish and wildlife projects.

2011

FWCP's Coastal Region finalizes Watershed and Action Plans for each of the 14 watersheds where the FWCP operates in this region. Action Plans provide strategic guidance for FWCP investments in fish and wildlife projects.

2012

FWCP's Columbia Region finalizes Basin and Action Plans for the region. Action Plans provide strategic guidance for FWCP investments in fish and wildlife projects.

2012

FWCP's Peace Region signs Memorandum of Understanding with First Nations in the region that establishes unique First Nations Working Group that provides advice to the regional Board, fish and wildlife technical committees, and the Program Manager.

2012

The FWCP’s new delivery model is implemented across its three regions. The new model includes strengthened local decision making at the Board level, and shifts towards engaging more stewardship groups and others in the development of project proposals that align with Action Plans.

2013

As a result of 2012 changes to the delivery model, the FWCP's Columbia Region enters into a long-term agreement with the Province of B.C. (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) to deliver annual, ongoing core projects on behalf of the FWCP.

2013

FWCP partners with Columbia Basin Trust to develop and deliver the Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan.

2014

FWCP's Peace Region finalizes Basin and Action Plans for the region. Action Plans provide strategic guidance for FWCP investments in fish and wildlife projects.

Our Program Partners

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.