Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund

History

The original Fisheries Enhancement Initiative (FEI) was established in 1992 by a 1993 licence fee increase of $2.50 per licence on angling licences. The fund was established to improve fish populations and fish habitat in Manitoba. Fish Enhancement Initiatives included projects based on conservation, enhancement, communication and education. From 1993-2007, $350,000 was available annually for fisheries enhancement initiatives.

In 2008, a further $3.00 angling fee increase was added and the formation of the Fisheries Enhancement Fund (FEF) was created. Funding levels were increased to $600,000, a broader range of projects could be funded and a Project Review Committee consisting of members of seven angling groups was implemented with the FEF. A further increase in funding was granted in 2008, which made available $850,000 for Fisheries Enhancement Initiatives.

Establishment of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund

On March 1, 2014, the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF) was established under authority of The Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund Act (initially Bill 13, and now C.C.S.M. c. F87) and its regulation (57/2014).

Mandate of the FWEF

Agriculture and Resource Development (ARD) administers this Fund for the purpose of supporting fish and wildlife initiatives, including projects, programs and studies designed to protect and increase fish and wildlife habitats and populations in Manitoba. Two subcommittees are established to make recommendations on the funding of enhancement initiatives. The Fisheries Enhancement Subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations on all fisheries enhancement initiatives that seek funding and recommend initiatives to be funded. The Wildlife Enhancement Subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations on all wildlife enhancement initiatives that seek funding and recommend initiatives to be funded.

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A Fish Enhancement Initiative means:
  • a project or program to conserve or increase fish populations;
  • a project or program to protect, manage or restore fish habitats;
  • a study of fish populations or habitats;
  • angler education programs; and
  • the acquisition, by purchase, lease or other means, of property or an interest in property in order to protect a critical fish habitat.
A Wildlife Enhancement Initiative means:
  • a project or program to conserve or increase wildlife populations;
  • a project or program to protect, manage or restore wildlife habitats, including the construction or maintenance of infrastructure in wildlife management areas;
  • a study of wildlife populations or habitats;
  • hunter and trapper education programs; and
  • the acquisition, by purchase, lease or other means, of property or an interest in property in order to protect a critical wildlife habitat.
Eligible projects will address one or more of the following categories:
  • Fisheries/Wildlife development
  • Habitat Rehabilitation/Enhancement
  • Habitat Protection by Acquisition
  • Stock Assessment/Monitoring
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Research
  • Fisheries Education
  • Hunter or Trapper Education
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Outreach
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Stewardship
  • Fisheries/Wildlife Compensation
Eligible applicants include:
  • Organizations representing anglers, hunters or trappers (including fish and game associations)
  • Academic institutions (including universities, college and schools)
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Watershed districts
  • Community Groups
  • Other not-for-profit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Rural municipalities
  • Crown corporations
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals
Applying to the Fund:

Intake of application for the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF) is now closed.

Contact Information

FWEF Administrator
Agriculture and Resource Development
Email: contact@fwef.ca