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 $8.9 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 or Indigenous lands.

Timelines and How to Apply

The annual call for proposals for 2019-20 is now open.  Applications must be submitted by December 21st, 2018.

For information on how to apply to HSP, specific deadlines and other information please see the Environment and Climate Change Canada Funding Programs page or contact your Regional Coordinator. Regional Coordinators are available to answer questions during regular business hours, local time.

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 first submit an Expression of Interest form (EoI) to initiate conversation with regional coordinators on the proposed projects. Applicants are also 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 submitting the application. Contact your regional coordinator if you have submitted an application but have not received this notification.