Habitat Stewardship Program

The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk supports Canadians in stewardship of the environment by providing funding for protection and conservation activities intended to benefit the habitat of species at risk.

Funding under HSP is separated into two streams:

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

Projects must take place on private land, provincial Crown, or Aboriginal land, or within aquatic environments (including marine) across Canada.

Regional Contact: 

Megan Harrison

Tel: 604-350-1989
Cel. : 604-351-1719

Grant Focus: 

National Priorities for the HSP Prevention Stream are projects or activities that focus on the following:

    Species assessed as “may be at risk” and “sensitive” by The General Status of Species in Canada
    Implementation of multi-species projects with a focus on ecosystem-based recovery initiatives.
    Implementation of projects involving collaboration among multiple stakeholders/partners.
    Implementation of priority activities in established wildlife and/or habitat conservation plans.
    Supporting the enhancement of wildlife that are of cultural and/or socio-economic importance to local communities.

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must contribute to one or more of the following expected results of the HSP Prevention Stream:

  • Important habitat for the target species is secured or otherwise protected;
  • Important habitat for the target species is improved (restored/enhanced) and/or managed to meet their needs;
  • Potential threats to individual target species, and/or their habitat, caused by human activities are stopped, removed and/or mitigated; and
  • Project benefits are sustained over time by engaging Canadians (landowners, resource users, volunteers) to participate directly in activities that prevent species from becoming a conservation concern.
Relevance to GW Programs: 

Eligible Activities:

Please refer to the HSP Application Guidelines for additional information on the eligible activities and other fund details.

Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2016
Granting Amounts: 

Individual project funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $100,000 per year. Multi-year funding is also available.

Special Notes: 

The program will be accepting Expressions of Interest until December 18th 2015. The submission of an Expression of Interest is strongly encouraged, particularly for applicants who have not received HSP funding in the past or for those applying to a new stream. All applicants will receive notification of the success of their application in the spring of the following year.