Allocation of Funds for Participation in the Public Hearing for Trans Mountain Expansion

On 22 July 2013, the National Energy Board announced that Participant Funding would be made available to assist individuals and groups with their participation in the Trans Mountain Expansion Project hearing. The Board announced it would make $1.5 million available under its Participant Funding Program and a higher amount may be considered once applications for funding had been received. The date of 6 January 2015 was announced in the Hearing Order as the deadline to apply for funding.

By July 2014, the Board had already allotted approximately $2.4 million in participant funding to eligible participants. At this point, there were 250 intervenors in the hearing who had not yet applied for funding. Given the heavy interest, we expanded the participant funding envelope to $3 million. It became apparent that we needed to be clear with eligible intervenors that there was a very limited amount of funding available to be distributed. The purpose of these changes was to manage expectations and to avoid the perception that we were inviting intervenors to apply for funding when none was available.

On 16 July 2014, the deadline for applying for participant funding was moved to Friday, 28 November 2014. Applications for funding received after 28 November were not considered. Of the 95 applicants requesting over $24 Million, 72 were offered funding valued at $3,085,370. 79% was offered to Aboriginal groups.

On 24 September 2015, the National Energy Board (NEB) Hearing Panel for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project (Project) issued a revised schedule after receiving and considering all information and requested comments as outlined in the 21 August 2015 decision to strike the evidence prepared by Mr. Kelly from the hearing record [Filing A72283].

On 30 September 2015, PFP offered up to $10,000 of “special funding” to eligible Intervenors with evidence, information requests and/or responses to information requests directly impacted by the decision to strike the evidence prepared by Mr. Kelly from the hearing record. Six applications were received, requesting $97,025. $40,000 was awarded to the four applicants directly impacted by the decision to strike the evidence prepared by Mr. Kelly from the hearing record.

The Funding Review Committee (FRC), an independent committee established by the Board, reviews applications for participant funding, and provides recommendations on funding awards. Following a review of the FRC recommendations, the Board’s Executive Vice President, Regulatory, accepted the FRC’s recommendations and approved the following funding awards:

Funding Awards
Applicant Amount awarded
Adams Lake Indian Band Travel for 1 to hearing
Alexis Nakota First Nation Travel for 1 to hearing
Ashcroft Indian Band $5,550 including travel for 1 to hearing
Asini Wachi Nehiyawak Mountain Cree $15,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
BC Wildlife Federation $29,170 including travel for 2 to hearing
Board of Friends of Ecological Reserves $31,000 including travel for 2 to hearing
British Columbia Metis Federation Society $15,000 including travel for 5 to hearing
Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) $40,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Catherine Douglas $1,790 including travel for 1 to hearing
Chawathil Indian Band and Cheam Indian Band $36,920 including travel for 2 to hearing
Coldwater Indian Band $48,490 including travel for 3 to hearing
Collaborative Group of Landowners Affected by Pipelines (CGLAP) $67,760 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Cowichan Tribes $205,000 plus travel for 4 to hearing
Ditidaht First Nation $30,000 plus travel for 1 to hearing
Ermineskin Cree Nation $5,550 including travel for 1 to hearing
Esquimalt Nation $24,910 including travel for 1 to hearing
Friends of Michel Society (Michel First Nation) $22,500 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Forest Ethics Advocacy Association $39,100 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Georgia Strait Alliance $41,220 including travel for 2 to hearing
Grasslands Conservation Council $12,400
Horselake First Nation $6,800 including travel for 2 to hearing
Hwlitsum First Nation $84,720 plus travel for 4 to hearing
Joyce Mancinelli Travel for 1 to hearing
Katzie First Nation $40,000 plus travel for 1 to hearing
Kelly Lake First Nation Travel for 1 to hearing
Kwantlen First Nation $40,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Kwikwetlem First Nation $5,550 including travel for 1 to hearing
Lake Cowichan First Nation $36,920 including travel for 2 to hearing
Lheidli T'enneh First Nation Travel for 2 to hearing
Living Oceans Society $79,100 plus travel for 2 to hearing and $10,000 special funding
Lower Nicola Indian Band $80,500 plus travel for 4 to hearing
Lyackson First Nation $36,920 including travel for 2 to hearing
Masanobu Shoji $11,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Matsqui First Nation $75,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Metis Nation British Columbia $11,960 including travel for 2 to hearing
Metis Nation of Alberta Association #55 Gunn $39,460 plus travel for 5 to hearing
Metis Regional Council of Alberta Zone IV $21,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Musqueam First Nation $22,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Nature Canada $90,000 plus travel for 5 to hearing
Neskonlith Indian Band $5,550 including travel for 1 to hearing
Nooaitch First Nation $15,400 including travel for 3 to hearing
North Shore NOPE (No Pipeline Expansion) $25,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
O'Chiese First Nation Travel for 2 to hearing
Pacheedaht First Nation $150,000 plus travel for 3 to hearing
Pauquachin Nation $24,910 including travel for 1 to hearing
Penelakut Tribe $40,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Peters Band $36,920 including travel for 2 to hearing
Pro Information Pro Environment United People Network $36,920 including travel for 2 to hearing and $10,000 special funding
Raincoast Conservation $111,100 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Salmon River Enhancement Society $12,090 including travel for 1 to hearing
Samson Cree Nation $5,550 including travel for 1 to hearing
Scia'new First Nation $24,910 including travel for 1 to hearing
Shackan Indian Band Travel for 1 to hearing
Shxw'owhamel First Nation $45,000 plus travel for 1 to hearing
Simpcw First Nation $76,800 plus travel for 3 to hearing
Snuneymuxw First Nation $6,800 including travel for 2 to hearing
Squamish First Nation $44,270 including travel for 1 to hearing
Stkemlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation $36,920 including travel for 2 to hearing
Sto:lo Collective $550,000
Strata NW313 (Aries and Argo) $1,250 including travel for 1 to hearing
Stz'uminus First Nation $36,920 including travel for 2 to hearing
Sucker Creek First Nation $5,550 including travel for 1 to hearing
Sunchild First Nation Travel for 1 to hearing
Tsartlip First Nation $25,000 plus travel for 1 to hearing
Tsawout First Nation Travel for 2 to hearing and $10,000 special funding
Tsawwassen First Nation $40,000 plus travel for 1 to hearing
Tsleil-Waututh Nation $40,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
T'sou-ke First Nation $40,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing
Upper Nicola Band $40,000 plus travel for 2 to hearing and $10,000 special funding
Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band $76,800 plus travel for 3 to hearing
Whitefish Lake (Goodfish) First Nation Travel for 1 to hearing
Yarrow Ecovillage Society $35,670
Total estimated value awarded $3,085,370Note a
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