DFO British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund

The British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund is intended to:

  • ensure the fish and seafood sector in BC is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability
  • support the protection and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and other BC fish stocks

The fund supports:

  1. innovation to encourage the development of new technologies to:
    • increase productivity
    • help meet conservation and sustainability objectives, including the protection and restoration of wild BC stocks, including Pacific salmon
  2. infrastructure to encourage capital investments in new products, processes or technologies to support the:
    • advancement of sustainable fishing practices
    • protection and restoration of wild BC stocks, including Pacific salmon
  3. science partnerships to support collaborations with academia and other research institutions to:
    • improve our knowledge and understanding of impacts to wild stocks
    • develop sustainable fishing practices

Funding is available to support project activities until March 31, 2024. Opportunities to apply may be provided throughout the year based on the availability of funding. New funding will become available again in the next fiscal year, and new opportunities to submit applications will be provided until all available funds have been allocated. Based on the high level of interest experienced in the first year, a large number of applications are expected to be submitted in 2020.

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding you must: a) reside in British Columbia, (b) be active in or support activities related to the fish and seafood harvesting, processing or aquaculture sectors, and (c) demonstrate protection and restoration benefits to priority BC wild stocks, such as salmon, or to the environmental or economic sustainability of the fisheries and seafood sector in British Columbia. Applications are open to universities and academics. 

Funding: There is no pre-determined amount of funds per project. Level of financial support will be determined based on a variety of factors, including the number of applications received and available program funds remaining.  


Deadline: Expression of Interest due September 15, 2020 (12:00 P.M.. PST) 

How to Apply: Expression of Interest Form must be submitted by email to DFO.BCSRIF-FRISCB.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. DFO will acknowledge receipt within 5 business days. 

**Please note that ORS Signature Sheet is not required for the Expression of Interest stage**

Upcoming Deadlines

September 15, 2021September 15, 2021 *
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: DFO British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has announced a new funding opportunity called the BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. Deadline to provide an expression of interest is September 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.. Please see opportunity link for details on this new research fund and how to apply. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.