Performance Indicators

All proposals are required to clearly demonstrate that their objectives and goals are measurable and to show how project results will be captured.

How to Capture Project Results?

The Evaluation Plan in the Application Form clearly demonstrates how project goals and objectives will be met. The Plan should include the methodology and any calculations/formulas used to measure the project's results.

How to Select Performance Indicators?

Performance indicators are measurable results that demonstrate how your project objectives are met. Consult the Performance Indicators List, below, to learn about common indicators. Once you have identified which performance indicators to track, assign an appropriate target for each.  

If you need further information on the performance indicators listed below, please contact your Environment Canada Regional Office.

Performance Indicators List

ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS - Climate change and clean air
Performance IndicatorDescriptionUnit Measure
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)Includes: Carbon Dioxide (CO2); Methane (CH4); Nitrous Oxide (N2O); HFCs, PFCs and SF6.# of tonnes (CO2 eq.)
Reduction of emissions of Criteria Air Contaminants (CAC)Includes: Sulphur Oxides (SOx); Nitrogen Oxides (NOx); Particulate Matter (PM); Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC); Carbon Monoxide (CO); and, Ammonia (NH3).# of tonnes
Amount of energy conservedAmount of energy calculated using GJ, kWh, m3, litres, kg (as relevant).
Calculated using usage rates.
# kilowatt hour
Amount of organics composted/diverted from landfillTotal kilograms of organics composted/diverted.  May be converted to GHGs using the EC GHG Calculator for Waste ManagementFootnote 1
Includes recycling, composting, and anaerobic digestion (a treatment that digests organic waste in the absence of oxygen).
# of kilograms
Performance IndicatorDescriptionUnit Measure
Reduction or diversion of kilograms of toxic or harmful waste (per year)Measured by weight (kilograms) of material sent to hazardous waste collection, items not used, items properly disposed of.# of kilograms per year
Reduction of water consumption (per year)Measured as number of litres of water reduced, re-used, conserved.  May be assessed via water metering (pre/post) or using standard estimates.# of litres per year
Area of shoreline protected, stabilized or improvedConverting linear kilometres to area by capturing the depth of work and not just the shoreline.# of hectares
Percentage of recommendations from environmental management plans implementedOnly implemented recommendations will be captured.% of recommendations
Performance IndicatorDescriptionUnit Measure
Area of habitat protectedProtected: to maintain the status or integrity of habitat (e.g. land secured through stewardship agreements). Protection noted if done within the timeframe of the project or if firm commitments provided.# of hectares
Area of habitat in which management or restoration actions have been implemented through project activitiesIncludes improvement or restoration actions.  Examples of types of actions taken: debris removal, vegetation plantings, erosion control.  May include aquatic/terrestrial habitat. Converting linear kilometres to area.# of hectares
Amount of indigenous plants, trees and shrubs plantedProjects will have built-in conditions to help ensure survival of plantings.# of plants/trees/shrubs
Percentage of indigenous plants, trees and shrubs planted that survivedNumber of total plantings / Number of plants surviving over at least one winter.% of plants/trees/shrubs
Amount of installed structures used by wildlifeTotal number of structures installed.# of structures
Performance IndicatorDescriptionUnit Measure
Participants in activity(ies)Total number of individuals reached via project activities.# of participants
Jobs created (person/year)Paid employment generated directly by funded projects.  Jobs created include full-time, part-time, temporary, and contract employment generated by the project.
Calculated annually and reported in person/year.
# of jobs created
Volunteers participating directly in projectVolunteers are individuals with a role in implementing the project.
Calculated annually and reported in person/year.
# of volunteers
People reached who indicated they would modify their behaviour as a result of project activitiesAssessed via pre- and post-project surveys as part of project.
Calculated annually and reported in person/year.
# of people


Footnote 1

Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Calculator for Waste Management:

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