CHP Funding

The CHP has two sources of funding available to eligible community hatcheries. A total of $150,000 is available in funding support each funding year.

CHP Funding –CHP funding will be allocated to hatcheries to help cover general operating expenses. General operating expenses are those costs that are annually re-occurring or essential for hatchery operations. Every community hatchery who meets the eligibility requirements will receive CHP Funding. The level of funding support allocated will take into consideration the species, number of fish, and the development life stage that the MNR has approved individual community hatcheries to stock. For example, a hatchery that is approved to stock 10,000 yearling Rainbow Trout will be eligible for greater support than a hatchery that is approved to stock 10,000 Rainbow Trout fry, because of the greater investment required to raise those fish.

CHP Capital Improvement Grant A pool of money has been established to aid community hatcheries with capital improvement projects that will improve their hatchery operations. Every community hatchery who meets the eligibility requirements will have an opportunity to apply for a CHP Capital Improvement Grant.

NOTE: Community hatcheries can apply for both sources of funding support (CHP Funding and CHP Capital Improvement Grants) within a single CHP Application (attached below).


Eligibility RequirementsCommunity Hatcheries - Funding

To be eligible for CHP funding, hatcheries must meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Be operated by community volunteers;
• Raising public fish for public waters; and,
• Have valid MNRF approvals (e.g. aquaculture licence, licence to stock fish, and licence to collect fish or gametes for aquaculture purposes).


Eligible Expenses

CHP Funding is limited to community hatchery annual operating expenses only. If incurred expenses are directly linked to hatchery operations, they will be eligible for reimbursement. The only exceptions are;

Paid staff (not eligible)– Paid staff refers to hatcheries paying an individual(s) to complete regular community hatchery operational tasks. Please note that payment to a tradesperson or a specialist to conduct work that volunteers are unable to complete, IS eligible for funding (i.e. back hoe operator, electrician, HVAC, plumber, consultant, or general contractor).

Personal expenses (not eligible)– this refers to those expenses that are incurred by volunteers while carrying out regular volunteer duties (i.e. meals and traveling to and from the hatchery).

Examples of eligible expenses (Note: Eligible expenses are not limited to the list below);Community Hatcheries - Funding

• Fish feed
• Pond fertilizer
• Disinfection or water treatment chemicals
• General cleaning or hatchery supplies
• Maintenance expenses
• Licencing or Permitting fees
• Hydro and Utilities
• Fuel to operate hatchery equipment
• Volunteer equipment or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Water monitoring/testing equipment
• Equipment rentals
• Property expenses (rent/lease/taxes)
• Water, Effluent, or Sediment testing


How to apply

Community hatcheries can access an application form by following the link below.

Option #1 – Hand Written Applications: Hand written applications can be submitted by mail, fax, or email to the CHP Coordinator.

Option #2 – Electronic Applications (fillable PDF Form): Electronic applications can be submitted by mail, fax, or email to the CHP Coordinator.

Send all applications to:

Matt Burley
Community Hatchery Program Coordinator
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
P.O. Box 2800, 4601 Guthrie Drive
Peterborough, ON
K9J 8L5
Email: matt_burley@ofah.org
Fax: 705-748-9577


Application, forms, and CHP documents

2017 CHP Application

CHP Funding Application Guidelines 2017