Land Use Planning Unit

Land Use Planning shapes our communities. It is a process about how decisions are made on where houses, parks and schools will be built and how infrastructure and other essential services will be provided.

First Nation communities develop Land Use Plans (LUPs) to ensure their identity, priorities and values are being met.


The Land Use Planning (LUP) Unit works to build capacity for LUP in First Nations communities across Canada.

This is accomplished through:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of community LUP through education and outreach
  • Training land managers and stakeholders
  • Developing Toolkit and resource material for support
  • Identifying funding support for LUP initiatives
  • Engaging communities in the process of LUP
  • Providing technical service to communities to support LUP development and implementation
  • Collaborating with regional Land Associations and other partners
  • Preserving key cultural elements unique to communities


The LUP Unit provides support services to First Nation Communities across Canada to aid in the process of Land Use Planning. These services may include:

  • Training workshops
  • Community site visits
  • Advisory services
  • Referrals
  • Providing information and tools
  • Identifying funding support


The current call for proposals is now closed.

Future funding announcements will be posted here on NALMA’s website.

About the Initiative

First Nations may apply to the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) for funding to assist in the development of their Land Use Plans (LUP).  NALMA may provide First Nation communities with technical support and training throughout the LUP process as needed.

Your community may be eligible to receive funding over a 3-year period for the development of a land use plan. Please note that the amount of funding approved for your land use plan will depend on eligible project activities and available budgets, while the time required to complete your plan may vary.

You may apply to complete all three (3) phases of the land use planning process, or any one (1) or two (2) phases within. Common Phases of land use planning include:

  • Phase 1: Pre-planning / Situation Analysis
  • Phase 2: Planning
  • Phase 3: Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

The proposal-driven approach is based on an annual call for proposal carried out by NALMA. In instances where the number of proposals received exceed available budgets, NALMA may prioritize based on the following criteria, in no particular order:

  • First Nations that have recently completed, or are currently undergoing an Additions-to-Reserve (ATR) process, and require a LUP for the ATR lands.
  • First Nations participating in the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP) and have prioritised the need to complete a LUP.
  • First Nations seeking to develop or increase economic opportunities that require a LUP.
  • First Nations that have completed, or are currently undergoing, Comprehensive Community Planning and are interested in an associated LUP.

Note: Land Surveys are not eligible costs within this funding initiative. If your community only requires survey funding to support an existing land use plan, a specific development project or a relevant community related project, please contact your respective ISC-LED Regional Office.


First Nation communities in Canada are eligible to apply for funding through this Initiative. This Initiative is intended for First Nations operating under the Indian Act. A Band Council Resolution (BCR) is required by NALMA to ensure community leadership support of completed applications.

Note: First Nations (developmental or operational) under the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management are ineligible to access these funds as support is provided by the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre. For more information go to

Application Deadline

Submissions are currently not being accepted, however please monitor this page for future funding opportunities.

Application Form

The application form must be requested from NALMA directly by the First Nation. Application forms will not be sent to a third party or external organization. To receive an application form, please contact NALMA Staff listed below.


To request a Land Use Planning Initiative Application Form, please contact:

Becky Wolfe, Administrative Support

National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)



For further information on the Land Use Planning Initiative or related LUP capacity building activities please contact:

James Roach, Land Use Planning Coordinator

National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA)



Training Workshops

The Land Use Planning (LUP) Unit delivers a number of training and workshop sessions across Canada. These workshops include LUP Toolkit Training, on-site community training, project management for LUP and more.

For more information about the Land Use Planning Toolkit, please click here 

A list of upcoming training sessions can be found on the events calendar at

If you would like to schedule on-site training for your First Nation community, please contact us at the address below.


Contact Us:

James Roach, MCIP, RPP
Land Use Planning Coordinator
Phone: 705-741-6941