Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives

The Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives Funding Program (AEI) aims to improve the health, productivity and long-term sustainability of the Atlantic Ecosystem. The program seeks to achieve greater environmental impacts by encouraging comprehensive ecosystem-based projects that include partnerships and collaboration amongst organizations throughout Atlantic Canada.Funding is provided for projects that enhance integrated ecosystem planning and decision-making, increase ecosystem knowledge and science, and undertake actions that reach across Atlantic Canada to conserve, restore and enhance ecosystem health.

Ecosystem based approach

An ecosystem-based approach involves the consideration of land, water, and living resources in a way that promotes conservation and sustainable use.  The approach is holistic in that it focuses understanding, decision-making and action on maintaining the capacity of the whole system, concentrating on the long-term health of ecosystem structures, processes and interactions.  Environmental issues are often very complex and cross a variety of geographic boundaries and organizational mandates.  Therefore, ecosystem-based projects often require the engagement of various stakeholders to effectively address the complexities.  Adhering to an ecosystem-based approach, the AEI will support collaborative projects that address and/or impact more than one element of the ecosystem.  

Who can apply for AEI funding?

Only Atlantic Canadian organizations are eligible and include:

  • Non-government organizations;
  • Coalitions and Networks of organizations;
  • Research and academic institutions;
  • Aboriginal governments and organizations.

Although business/industry, federal, provincial, and municipal governments are not eligible funding recipients, they are encouraged to partner with applicants on projects. 

How to apply and Program contacts.

The call for project proposals occurs each fall. For the 2015-2016 funding year, the application deadline is November 14, 2014.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Environment Canada office:

45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N6
Phone: 902-426-8521
or 1-800-663-5755 (toll-free)
Fax: 902-426-2062

Email: aei-iea@ec.gc.ca