North Shore Habitat Enhance Program
The financial assistance program for the enhancement of North Shore Atlantic salmon habitats was created as part of the Romaine River hydroelectric complex project in the regional county municipality of Minganie.
To support local communities and salmon river managers, four partners (Hydro-Québec, ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs, ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique) have signed a collaborative agreement in 2011 to develop and implement a $10 million program ending in 2021. The FQSA is in charge of managing this program.
- Help strengthen and/or increase Atlantic salmon populations;
- Create or improve Atlantic salmon habitat productivity;
- Acquire the necessary knowledge to plan and monitor project performance;
- Protect the salmon resource;
- Encourage the involvement of local communities as well as river managers.
The target area is primarily defined by the Minganie region, excluding the Romaine River watershed, but also covers all rivers within the administrative boundaries of the Côte-Nord region, including Anticosti.
There are 76 salmon rivers that are being exploited in this area, divided among five regional county municipalities (RCMs): Haute-Côte-Nord, Manicouagan, Sept-Rivières Minganie and Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent.
All projects must be directly related to the program and address issues related to water, riverbed and shorelines.
Restoration projects, major improvements, and scientific monitoring, and other projects that stem from well-defined problems requiring major infrastructure in order to solve them.
- Fish barriers
- Fish transportation
- Restoration or demolition of dams restricting or blocking salmon migration
- Protection of the resource involved in the project
100% of the eligible expenses up to the total available program budget ($5 million)
Restoration projects, major improvements, and scientific monitoring, and other projects that stem from well-defined problems that require major infrastructure in order to solve them.
- Creation and enhancement of breeding and/or spawning areas
- Dismantling jams
- Artificial incubator
- Equipment for protection
- Anti-netting installations
100% of the eligible expenses (up to $50,000 per project) and of the total available annual budget (e.g. $225,000 in 2012)
Scientific studies to address well-defined problems in the field.
- Knowledge acquisition for management purposes
- Knowledge acquisition for development purposes
- Knowledge acquisition for habitat productivity assessment purposes
- Feasibility studies required for planning and monitoring projects
100% of eligible expenses up to the total available annual budget (e.g. $100,000 in 2012).
Medium—and long-term maintenance plans for the major projects carried out in the program.
100% of eligible expenses up to the total available program budget ($500,000)
Subject to the specific objectives pursued under each of the program components, any governmental (provincial, municipal) or non-governmental, non-profit organization, as well as First Nations band councils and private businesses (e.g. outfitters with exclusive rights) may apply for funding.
Non-profit organizations must have been legally constituted for at least one year and have their head office in the province of Quebec. Organizations must be incorporated under the Companies Act (Part III) or its equivalent.
*Applications made by individuals are not eligible.
Request for financing
In order to be considered by the Steering Committee, all requests for funding must be made using the form provided for this purpose. Please contact the program coordinator for more information:
North Shore Atlantic Salmon Habitat Enhancement Program
Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique
3137 Laberge Street
Quebec City, QC G1X 4B5
Telephone: 418 847-9191
Download the Program’s Application Guide here
*Applications for funding must be sent in and postmarked no later than October 1 of each year* and received by the secretariat no later than October 15 of each year. Please note that there will be no call for proposals as of October 1, 2017, and all subsequent years for the community component of the North Shore Atlantic Salmon Habitat Enhancement Program. All remaining funds available until the end of the Program will be allocated to ongoing projects.