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Use our interactive map to learn more about the projects we're funding in our Columbia Region to help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.

Columbia Region project list

43 Total 2020-21 Projects

11 Fish Projects 2020-21

32 Wildlife Projects 2020-21

$5.5M Total Funded 2020-21

58 grant applications received

This fall our Columbia Region received 58 grant applications for fish and wildlife projects in 2021-2022. The applications are going through a three-stage review and our board will finalize funding decisions in early 2021.

Grant applications were received from First Nations, non-governmental organizations, consultants, and agencies. The total ask for FWCP funds is approximately $3.7 million. By comparison, last year we received 51 applications asking for nearly $2.4 million.

All grant applicants will be notified of our board’s decisions about projects and funding by the end of February. Read our information kit for approved grant applicants in 2021-2022 so you know what information we’ll need next and what to expect after contribution agreements are finalized.

2020-2021 Projects

Our Columbia Region Board approved $5.5 million for 43 fish and wildlife projects to be implemented April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. First Nations, stewardship groups, consultants, and agencies are leading the 11 fish and 32 wildlife projects that will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watershed impacted by BC Hydro dams.

Learn more about our projects: explore our interactive map above, read our 2020-2021 project list, and see our investment map.

Some projects–such as hands-on restoration work–may result in immediate benefits to fish or wildlife. Other projects–such as research and information gathering–may help improve the scientific understanding of species or ecosystems, and contribute to long-term decision-making and planning management actions.

Read our annual newsletter for project results and updates from each of our regions including projects funded in 2019-2020.

Learn more about why we’re funded by BC Hydro, the projects we fund and how you can apply for a grant. Read our FAQSubscribe and we will keep you posted on project updates, results, grant deadlines and FWCP events. Final reports and results for all FWCP projects are posted online.

Results? Read Our Reports

Each year stewardship groups, First Nations, agencies and consultants receive grants from us to deliver fish and wildlife projects. These projects align with our Action Plans, and help us fulfill our mission to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.

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Community Engagement Grants

Our Community Engagement Grants are typically $500 to $1,000 and help stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.

We accept applications for Community Engagement Grants all year. Apply anytime.


Action Plans

We have identified conservation priorities for fish and wildlife in each of our three regions: Coastal, Columbia and Peace. The priorities and recommended actions are reflected in a series of Basin, Action and Watershed Plans that vary by region.

These plans recommend specific projects and priorities, and guide our grant decisions. We fund projects that align with our updated, 2019 Columbia Region Action Plans.

Our Columbia Region Annual Ongoing Fisheries Program Five Year Plan 2019-2024, which details our delivery approach for directed fisheries priorities/projects, is now available. Please refer to this plan if you are considering a grant application for a fisheries project. Note: directed projects are not eligible for funding through our annual grant intake. Contact the Columbia Region Manager for more information.

Our Columbia Region

local Board made up of BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., First Nations, and public stakeholders, guides the work of the FWCP and is responsible for approving all FWCP projects in the Columbia Region. Map of our Columbia Region.

Many of our annual and ongoing projects are delivered with support from the Province of B.C. through a letter of agreement (LOA) between the FWCP and the Province. Annual and ongoing projects include our nutrient restoration programs, operation of spawning channels, species’ recovery, and ecosystem enhancement projects. Several of our annual and ongoing contracts and agreements are administered by BC Hydro on behalf of the FWCP. We support high priority land securement projects in our Columbia Region. Read our annual report. 

Stay up to date with the latest news from our Columbia Region with our WildBytes e-letter.


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Our Columbia Region Board

Columbia Region Board members (October 2019) are responsible for guiding our work. Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees.

Board members from left: Rob Neil, Kim Cox, Moss Giasson, Misun Kang, Wendy Booth, John Krebs, Trevor Oussoren. Missing: Damien Joly, Howie Wright, Mark Thomas.

Columbia Region Board and Committee List

Our Columbia Region Manager

Crystal Klym has more than 15 years’ experience in conservation, sustainable natural resource management, and environmental stewardship.

If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Columbia Region, please contact Crystal. Subscribe and learn more about our projects, and how to apply for a grant.


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