Financial Incentives

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Every year Conservation Halton offers financial support for landowners to undertake Water Quality and Habitat Improvement Projects on their properties. Conservation Halton recognizes that landowners play an important role in conserving our natural land and our natural resources, and that good land stewardship by landowners benefits our entire communities. The financial incentive program is meant to lessen the burden to landowners who are implementing projects that have benefits to us all. Project types that are considered for this funding incentive include:

  • Agricultural Best Management Practices
  • Creek Restoration
  • Tree Planting
  • Meadow Creation/Enhancement
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Rainwater Conservation
  • Invasive Plant Management

If you have a project that doesn’t fit on this list, but you believe has water quality or habitat benefits, please contact us and we can let you know whether or not the project can be submitted for review. For more detailed guidelines regarding Conservation Halton’s Water Quality and Habitat Improvement Program please view our WQHIP Interim Funding Guidelines document.

This competitive financial support program accepts applications up until December 1st for projects taking place during the following calendar year. Submissions are reviewed by staff for eligibility. Then our Project Technical Advisory Committee evaluate based on the project merit. Merit is determined by evaluating the following attributes:

  1. Does the project address a water quality impairment;
  2. Does the project address a habitat impairment;
  3. Does the project contribute to improving water quality;
  4. Does the project contribute to improving habitat quality;
  5. Is the project located adjacent to, or in close proximity to a natural area; and
  6. Does the project raise public awareness of water quality and habitat issues or opportunities.

Projects are not required to meet all of these attributes to be considered.

Project funding available varies annually and unfortunately not all projects that merit funding will necessarily receive funding.

Landowners interested in securing financial support for their project are encouraged to consult with a Landowner Outreach Specialist prior to submitting their proposal. You can reach a Landowner Outreach Specialist by email stewardship@hrca.on.ca.

Links:

WQHIP Agreement
WQHIP Application Support Guide
WQHIP Application
WQHIP Interim Funding Guidelines