About the FWCP

Boy fishing on a river lined with trees

More than $110 million invested, and counting

The FWCP is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and local communities and groups. More than $118 million has been invested in more than 1,500 projects since 1988.

Mission

The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program compensates for the impacts to fish, wildlife and their supporting habitats affected by BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities.

Vision

Thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.

Objectives

Conservation

  • Maintain or improve the status of species or ecosystems of concern.
  • Maintain or improve the integrity and productivity of ecosystems and habitats.

Sustainable Use

  • Maintain or improve opportunities for sustainable use, including harvesting and other uses. Harvesting includes First Nations, recreational, sport and commercial harvests. Other uses may include cultural, medicinal, or non-consumptive uses.

Community Engagement

  • Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and aboriginal communities. This objective stems from BC Hydro’s social responsibility policy and the Province of B.C. shared stewardship objective.

Working Across the Province

The FWCP operates in three regions across the province.

Coastal Region: Includes Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Southern Interior.

Columbia Region: Includes the East and West Kootenay, Valemount and the upper Columbia River.

Peace Region: Includes the communities of Mackenzie, McLeod Lake, Hudson’s Hope, Tsay Keh Village, and Fort Ware, as well as the traditional territories of many other First Nations in the region.

 

The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is partnership between these agencies along with the First Nations and the public stakeholders.

The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and First Nations to conserve and enhance fish, wildlife and their supporting habitats affected by the creation of BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities in the Coastal, Columbia and Peace regions of British Columbia. More than $118 million has been invested in more than 1,500 public projects since 1988.