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". In 2020/2021, the HSP will allocate approximately $6.5 million a year to terrestrial 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 2019/2020 has now closed. Applications for the next call for proposals for 2020/2021 and onwards will be submitted through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s new online Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS). While this HSP online Tracking System will no longer be used to accept new applications, it will remain available for reporting purposes for previously approved multi-year projects until March 31, 2023.

For information on how to apply to HSP using GCEMS, 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.

Applicants wishing to pursue aquatic HSP projects should contact the appropriate aquatic regional coordinator at DFO.