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 program allocates approximately $12.2 million a year to projects.

Funding under the HSP is separated into two distinct streams:

  1. The HSP Species at Risk Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA); and
  2. The HSP Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern.

For both streams, 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 annual call for proposals for 2017-18 has ended. The next annual call for proposals for 2018-19 will take place in the fall 2017. 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.