Interdepartmental Recovery Fund (IRF)
Apply to the IRF
As part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Species at Risk, the federal government has established the Interdepartmental Recovery Fund (IRF) for federal departments, agencies and crown corporations. The IRF became operational in the 2002-2003 fiscal year.
The IRF provides funding to Other Federal Government Departments (OGDs), namely federal departments, including agencies and crown corporations, other than Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency for implementing recovery activities for species listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) as extirpated, endangered, threatened or of special concern that are predominantly on OGD lands. The IRF also supports surveys on OGD lands of species listed under the SARA as extirpated, endangered, threatened and special concern. As such, it supports OGDs in their efforts to meet the legal obligations of the SARA, which provides for the legal protection of species at risk and their critical habitat on federal lands. OGDs are managers of federal lands and play an important role in the protection and recovery of species at risk.
The IRF is one of three main federal funding programs centered on the protection and recovery of species at risk that add to the investments made by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Parks Canada Agency and many other federal departments, agencies and crown corporations in the recovery of species at risk. The other federal funding programs involved in the protection and recovery of species at risk are the Habitat Stewardship Program and the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk.
The Call for proposals to receive IRF funding takes place in the fall.
For more information, please click on the links below:
The IRF Program
The Application Process
Species at Risk Funding Programs Brochure
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