The legacy program has two goals: 1) independent monitoring and public reporting on how Trans Mountain manages pipeline construction and operations on fish and fish habitat; and 2) to contribute meaningful benefits that support Canada’s Pacific salmon fisheries in B.C. communities.

To achieve these goals, Trans Mountain has committed a total of up to $3 M in funding for the following: 

  • Up to $500,000 for a third-party assessment by PSF of Trans Mountain Expansion Project construction across highly sensitive salmon-bearing water crossings in British Columbia. This will assess construction impacts and post-construction reclamation measures against commitments made to regulators, Aboriginal groups and local stakeholders. This assessment is in addition to Trans Mountain’s environmental monitoring, NEB inspection, DFO and other required regulatory oversight during construction and post-construction monitoring of reclamation efforts. PSF will source a registered professional biologist and the verification reports will be posted publicly by PSF.
  • $1 Million for PSF’s Community Salmon Program, enabling small and large grants to community groups for projects such as stream mapping, hatchery upgrades, improvements for fish migration, new habitat structures, streamside enhancement, educational signage, and local school programs. 
  • $1 Million for Pacific salmon research as part of PSF’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. Funding will support the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative, the Citizen Science Initiative, radio tags to track juvenile salmon, and other support for long term data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • $500,000 for PSF’s Stewardship Community Bursary program in support of students pursuing the conservation and restoration of Pacific salmon and their habitat. Funds will be managed by PSF’s bursary committee, dispersed over a 20-year period.