As part of Canada's national strategy for the protection of species at risk, the Government of Canada established the Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP). The overall goals of the HSP are to "contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened, and other species at risk, and to prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern, by engaging Canadians from all walks of life in conservation actions to benefit wildlife". The HSP allocates approximately $11 million a year to projects that both conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats.

Activities must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Indigenous lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada.

Please contact Environment and Climate Change Canada's regional offices for more information and regional variation in procedures in order to apply.

Timelines and How to Apply

The 2018-2019 annual call for proposals is now open. The online tracking system is currently being updated with the new application form and is anticipated to be ready by mid-February.

All applicants are encouraged to review the program's guidelines carefully and submit an expression of interest prior to submitting an application. Please contact your HSP Regional Coordinator to receive further information on the Expression of Interest and on regional program priorities for projects in your area.

Please note that extensions to the application deadline will not be granted due to personal considerations or minor technical difficulties with the online Tracking System. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early, as the online system can become slower as the deadline nears, due to a high volume of applicants accessing the system.

Applicants are reminded that they should receive a notification of a successful submission of an application within 5 working days of the application deadline. Contact the program or regional coordinator if you have submitted an application but have not received this notification.