Use our interactive map to find out more about the 40 projects our Columbia Region board approved for 2022–2023.Read our project list
40 Total 2022-23 Projects
10 Fish Projects 2022-23
30 Wildlife Projects 2022-23
$6.1M Total Funded 2022-23
Our annual grant intake is now open. We are encouraging grant applications for proposed fish and wildlife projects that align with our Columbia Region Action Plans (see below). Read our regional guidance for grant applicants.
NEW Columbia Region optional Notice of Intent: Thanks to all the Columbia Region grant applicants who submitted an optional Notice of Intent (NOI) by the September 9 deadline. If you did not submit a NOI, we encourage and expect all grant applicants to follow the Nations’ guidance for early engagement (See Table 1 First Nations early engagement guidance) prior to submitting your grant application.
Learn more at an online information session:
October 4 Overview of our grants and action plans
Find out what grants we offer and how to align your project idea with our regional action plans. Get answers to your questions and tips to help you succeed! Register now.
Let’s talk: We want to make it as easy as possible for you to submit a grant application. Contact Crystal Klym, our Columbia Region manager, anytime! She’s ready to answer your questions.
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.
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 fulfil our mission to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.Download Report List
Our Columbia Region board approved more than ~$6.1 million for 40 projects for 2022–2023. These projects will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.
The projects—10 fish and 30 wildlife—will be delivered by Indigenous Nations, communities and businesses, as well as agencies, stewardship groups, and consultants. Together, the projects will conserve and restore habitat, help secure conservation lands, fill important data gaps about fish and wildlife populations to help inform future conservation actions, strengthen habitat connectivity, and support many species, including bull trout, kokanee, bighorn sheep, elk, mule and white-tailed deer, bears, bank and barn swallows, western toads, northern leopard frogs, and bats.
Our three regional boards have approved funding for 37 fish and 58 wildlife projects for 2022–2023, including 30 in our Coastal Region, 40 in our Columbia Region, and 25 in our Peace Region. Together, the boards approved over ~$9.8 million.
A 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.
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Columbia Region Board members (June 2022) are responsible for guiding our work. Their work is supported by fish and wildlife technical committees.
Board members from left: Samara Kolasko, Monique Stevenson, Misun Kang, Wendy Booth, John Krebs. Missing: Damien Joly, Kim Cox, Mark Thomas and Moss Giasson.
E-letter Columbia Region September 2022
Engaging with First Nations Thanks to all the Columbia Region grant applicants who submitted an optional Notice of Intent (NOI) by the September 9 deadline. If you did not submit a NOI, we encourage and […]
Toadfest 2022! For the first time since 2019, Toadfest took place at Summit Lake Provincial Park – in person, and people learned all about Western Toads and other species in the local area. They also […]