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Explore 2022–2023 FWCP-funded projects

Use our interactive map to find out more about the 25 projects our Peace Region board approved for 2022–2023.

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25 Total 2022-23 Projects

9 Fish Projects 2022-23

16 Wildlife Projects 2022-23

$1.4M Total Funded 2022-23

2022–2023 fish & wildlife projects

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.

Read our Peace Region 2022–2023 Project List, look at our project map, and scroll up to explore our interactive map.

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.

Annual Report

Read our latest Peace Region annual report.

Action Plans

We have identified conservation priorities for fish and wildlife in each of our three regions: Coastal, Columbia and Peace. These priorities and recommended actions are reflected in a series of watershed and ecosystem-based action plans that vary by region.

These plans recommend specific projects and priorities, and guide our grant decisions. In our Peace Region, we fund projects that align with our four Peace Region ecosystem-based action plans. Be sure to read our Overview of Peace Region Action Plans.

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 existing 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.

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Our Peace Region

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.

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Working With Local First Nations

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.

First Nations Participation

Our Peace Region Board

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.

Peace Region Board, Committee and First Nations Working Group Members

Our Peace Region Manager

Chelsea Coady is a professional biologist and has worked with First Nations, industry and government on sustainability and stewardship projects. She is experienced in environmental assessment and permitting processes, and has lived in the area for more than a decade since moving here from Ottawa to do her Masters of Science in Biology.

If you have any questions about the FWCP’s work in the Peace Region, please contact Chelsea.

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