Since the establishment of the Conservation Grant Program in 1985, Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC) has provided over $50 million in grants to more than 1,500 habitat conservation projects across Canada.
Wildlife Habitat Canada works with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry across the nation and has leveraged over three times the amount invested for conservation work through the WHC Grant Program (i.e. over $150 million).
The funds invested by WHC to support grants come from the purchase of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp (the Stamp). The Stamp is purchased primarily by waterfowl hunters through the Migratory Game Bird Hunting permits, which contributes directly to on-the-ground habitat conservation and stewardship efforts. The Stamp is affixed to the MGBH permits as permit validation. The Stamp revenue from the permit is allocated to WHC to fund the Grant Program, through the support of the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The Stamp is also sold to print purchasers, stamp collectors, and individuals interested in contributing to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat in Canada.
In recognition of the fact that the primary source of funding for the Grant Program is from the purchase of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp by waterfowl hunters, within the available budget, Wildlife Habitat Canada will primarily support:
- Projects that address priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) including the human dimensions goal;
- Regional and local habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds;
- Priority activities under the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.
While WHC recognizes the importance of projects involving habitat conservation, restoration and enhancement for other wildlife (i.e. Other than migratory game birds) and fish, these types of projects are not eligible for funding consideration under the Contribution Agreement between Environment and Climate Change Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada.
The WHC Grant Program has three categories of funding, each category directed to projects supporting a different area of conservation (please refer to the Project Eligibility and Application Information for further information on the grant categories):
- Habitat Conservation (including Habitat Conservation Research) Grants
- Conservation Networking Grants (Wetland Education and/or Hunter Recruitment/Education)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Grants
Grant Funding Applications are due the first week of November of each year, for projects to be carried out in the next fiscal year (Wildlife Habitat Canada’s fiscal year is April 1 to March 31).