Infrastructure Canada – Investing in Canada Plan Programs: Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund


The Disaster Mitigation and Adaption Fund (DMAF) is a national, competitive, and merit-based contribution program intended to support public infrastructure projects designed to mitigate current and future climate-related risks and disasters triggered by climate change, such as floods, wildland fires, droughts and seismic events.
Projects can either be:
Small-scale (new): projects under $20 million with a minimum threshold of $1 million in total eligible costs; or
Large-scale: projects of $20 million and above in total eligible costs.

Comments on Funding:

Funding takes the form of a contribution.

The maximum federal contribution from all sources of the total eligible expenditures for a given project is as follows:

  • up to 25% for for-profit private sector organizations;
  • up to 50% for provinces;
  • up to 40% for municipalities and not-for profit organizations in provinces;
  • up to 75% for territories; and
  • up to 100% for Indigenous Recipients, provinces, territories and municipalities for which projects primarily benefit Indigenous communities or Indigenous populations.


The applicant must be:

  • a province or territory; or a municipal or regional government established by – or under –provincial or territorial statute;
  • a public sector body that is established by – or under – provincial or territorial statute or by regulation; or is wholly-owned by a province, territory, municipal or regional government;
  • when working in collaboration with a municipality, a Canadian public or not-for-profit institution that is authorized, under the terms of a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal statute; or Royal Charter, to deliver post-secondary courses or programs that lead to recognized and transferable post-secondary credentials.
  • a private sector body, including for-profit organizations and not-for-profit organizations. In the case of for-profit organizations, they will need to work in collaboration with one or more of the entities referred to above or an Indigenous Recipient listed below.

Eligible indigenous applicants, include:

  • an Indigenous governing body* including, but not limited to:
    a) a band council within the meaning of Section 2 of the Indian Act;
    b) a First Nation, Inuit or Métis government or authority established pursuant to a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and an Indigenous Peoples of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation; or
    c) a First Nation, Inuit or Métis government that is established by or under legislation whether federal, provincial or territorial legislation that incorporates a governance structure.
  • an Indigenous Development Corporation; and
  • a not-for-profit organization whose central mandate is to improve Indigenous outcomes.

Federal entities, including federal Crown corporations, are not eligible for funding.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities will provide an Approval-in-Principle (AIP) letter for successful projects, which will include conditions (i.e. Securing funding, Indigenous consultations, environmental assessment, etc.). If a project is approved for funding, Infrastructure Canada will communicate with the project’s primary contact and discuss next steps, including the development and signature of a Contribution Agreement.

Documentation Needed:

  1. Applicants must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation.
  2. All Recipients that are approved for DMAF funding will be required to provide regular reports to Infrastructure Canada as mentioned in project Contribution Agreements. These may include any of the following: annual and final reports, status and progress updates, financial reports and evaluation reports. Reports will include, at minimum, information regarding the implementation progress of the project and financial management details.

Other Things to Note:


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    1. The DMAF program is not currently accepting applications for the Large-Scale and Small-Scale Project Streams. All eligible applicants are encouraged to check the DMAF program webpage and applicant portal regularly for updates.
    2. In 2018, the Government of Canada launched the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), committing $2 billion over 10 years to invest in structural and natural infrastructure projects to increase the resilience of communities that are impacted by natural disasters triggered by climate change.
    3. Indigenous Development Corporations are normally set-up by an Indigenous community organization/government. These corporations constitute the business/economic arm of Indigenous communities/governments and typically count the members of the community as their shareholders. Their primary role is to develop the economic activity of the Indigenous community that established them. Indigenous development corporations generally fall under two categories: for-profit and not-for-profit. The for-profit model however is unique in that profits are then re-invested in the community.

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