Use our interactive map to find out more about the 25 projects our Peace Region board approved for 2022–2023.Read our project list
25 Total 2022-23 Projects
9 Fish Projects 2022-23
16 Wildlife Projects 2022-23
$1.4M 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 Peace Region Action Plans (see below). Read our regional guidance for grant applicants.
Peace Region Notice of Intent: Thanks to all grant applicants who who submitted a mandatory Notice of Intent by the September 9 deadline. If you missed the deadline, you will not be able to apply for a grant this year.
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 Jen Walker-Larsen, our acting Peace Region manager, anytime! She’s ready to answer your questions.
Our 2020 ecosystem-based action plans have been updated to reflect emerging issues and ecological priorities, and define priority actions eligible for funding to help conserve and enhance priority species, upland areas, wetland and riparian areas, as well as rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.
A new cross-ecosystem action plan includes several broad actions that apply to more than one ecosystem. A new overview document provides important context for our work in the region and serves as a guide to our action plans.
Our Peace Region board approved more than ~$1.4 million for 25 projects for 2022–2023. These projects will help conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.
The projects—9 fish and 16 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 aquatic and terrestrial habitat, improve fish passage, fill important data gaps about fish and wildlife populations to help inform future conservation actions, and support many species, including moose, Arctic grayling, bull trout, caribou, lake trout, Stone’s sheep, bats, at-risk birds, and more.
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.
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 existing BC Hydro dams. Read our project reports for results and outcomes.Download Report List
A local Board made up of BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and public stakeholders, guides the work of the FWCP and is responsible for approving all FWCP projects in our Peace Region.
Most fish and wildlife projects in FWCP’s Peace Region are funded through FWCP grants, but our Board may choose to direct projects and approve funding to address regional priorities. Read our annual report. See our Peace Region map.
A unique First Nations’ Working Group (FNWG) is actively involved in FWCP’s Peace Region. The FNWG is responsible for ensuring First Nations considerations and input are included in FWCP planning and projects.
The FWCP’s Peace Region compensates for fish and wildlife impacts resulting from construction of the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams. Site C will be a third dam and generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. The project will provide 1,100 megawatts of capacity and about 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year to the province’s integrated electricity system. Site C is expected to be in service by 2025, with reservoir filling planned to occur in the fall of 2023. Site C and FWCP have an interest in sharing information regarding active programs in order to identify overlaps or synergies. Current federal and provincial authorizations and conditional water licence obligations require BC Hydro to establish environmental monitoring, mitigation, and compensation programs to address pre- and post-construction impacts specified within the water licence project conditions. Under the water licence, after five years of dam operation (~2030), BC Hydro is to provide the Water Comptroller with an assessment of the adequacy of the mitigation and monitoring programs for those conditions within the water licence and submit a report. The Water Comptroller will review the submission and may direct additional programs if mitigation and monitoring is determined to be inadequate to satisfy the intent of the condition. Learn more about Site C’s environmental programs.
Stay up to date with the latest news from our Peace Region with our regional e-letter.View FWCP Organization Chart
Our First Nations Working Group (FNWG) was established in 2012 through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Doig River, Kwadacha, McLeod Lake, Nak’azdli, Prophet River, Saulteau, the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Tsay Keh Dene, and West Moberly First Nations.
The FNWG ensures First Nations’ considerations and input are included in all aspects of our strategic planning, annual operating plans, project review, approval and initiation, and capacity-building.
To ensure early First Nation engagement in all FWCP projects, each grant applicant must submit a mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) form prior to their grant application. The NOI helps grant-seekers identify contacts and incorporate First Nations input and recommendations into grant applications and projects. Contact the Regional Manager for more details.
Peace Region Board members (June 2022) are responsible for guiding the FWCP’s work. Their work is supported by the First Nations Working Group.
From left: Gord Haines, Heather Middleton, and Chris Addison. Missing from photo: Stephanie Killam, Brian Paterson, Ray Pillipow, Corey Erwin, Monique Stevenson, Evan MacKinnon, Naomi Owens-Beek, T. Rosemarie Sam, Jayde Chingee, Carolyn McCook, and Tamara Dokkie.
Habitat restoration and priority trials for amphibians Forty-two road ponds (i.e., flooded road ditch habitat) along the Webberly Forest Service Road were surveyed for use by at-risk western toads. A total of 30 individuals were […]
Submit your mandatory notice of intent Thanks to all grant applicants who who submitted a mandatory Notice of Intent by the September 9 deadline. If you missed the deadline, you will not be able to […]
E-letter Peace Region August 2022