Larry Maguire Announces Call for Proposals for Federal Programs

Brandon, MB?Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is pleased announce a call for proposals for numerous Federal programs. The programs that are now open are:

  1. Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

  2. Enabling Accessibility Fund

  3. National Recreation Trails Program

MP Maguire said, "I am encouraging residents and organizations to apply for funding in order to further develop Southwestern Manitoba. Our Federal Government is putting forward programs that will grow our economy and create jobs for local residents."

1. The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program

The program supports projects aimed at improving the conservation of recreational fisheries habitat. Given its early success and high demand, an additional investment in Budget 2014 increased the funding available through the program to a total investment of $25 million.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will accept applications for funding from June 30, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program funds many different types of restoration projects. Examples of commonly-funded projects include (not a comprehensive list):

Stream, Lake and Floodplain Habitat Restoration:

  • Enhancement of spawning shoals in lakes and streams.

  • Restoration of floodplain channels, ponds and/or wetlands.

Stream Channel and Bank Erosion Control and Stabilization:

  • Bioengineering and planting of native species to reinforce or stabilize stream banks and/or stabilize instream sand and gravel bars.

  • Riparian planting using native species.

  • Livestock exclusion fencing in conjunction with riparian planting and suitable buffer strips.

Improving Water Quality:

  • Aeration

  • Liming

To apply for the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, visit

2. Enabling Accessibility Fund

The fund is for projects that will increase accessibility in Canadian communities. Organizations are encouraged to apply for funding for projects that will help improve accessibility in community facilities for Canadians with disabilities.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, August 1, 2014.

Over $8 million in funding is available through this year's call for proposals. All applications are reviewed against eligibility criteria, call for proposal requirements and program objectives.

Examples of eligible projects could include:

  • Renovations to widen hallways and doorways;

  • Installing elevators;

  • Installing automated power doors;

  • Replacing doorknobs that are difficult to grasp with accessible handles, and installing accessible washrooms and showers;

  • Upgrading facilities that offer programs for adults and/or children with autism and other cognitive/intellectual impairments.

To apply for the Enabling Accessibility Fund, visit

3. National Recreation Trails Program

Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million will be available between 2014 and 2016 to help build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.

Local trail organizations across Canada are invited to submit project proposals directly to the National Trails Coalition over the next 45 days. The Coalition is responsible for selecting and approving projects.

Local trail organizations across Canada can now submit project proposals directly to the National Trails Coalition. Between 150 and 200 projects are expected to be supported across Canada.

To apply for the National Recreation Trails Program, visit

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