Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk 2020/2021- Full Application

Arctic and Northern Regions
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Monday 24th, February 2020

External Deadline: Thursday 27th, February 2020


In its 21st year, the HSP provides funding to help Canadians contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and prevent others from becoming a conservation concern.

New for 2020/2021, you will be required to complete the HSP online application form via the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS). Please see the GCEMS website to register an account and for further instructions to view and submit an HSP application. The previous online application system will no longer be used to accept new applications, however it will remain available for reporting purposes for previously approved projects. We recommend that you begin the registration and application process early to ensure you are able to submit your application before the deadline.

We strongly encourage you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to ensure that your proposal aligns with Program priorities and expected results for 2020/2021. Please use the Expression of Interest template attached to this email and submit your EOI to ec.scf-atl-financement-cws-atl-funding.ec@canada.ca no later than Friday, January 31st, 2020. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Please also note that ECCC will aim to have HSP funding decisions available by summer 2020.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is responsible for administering the aquatic HSP program. Applicants wishing to pursue new aquatic HSP projects should contact the appropriate DFO regional coordinator, directly.

The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) was established in 2000. It provides funding for projects submitted by Canadians that contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and prevent others from becoming a conservation concern. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) administers HSP funds that support terrestrial stewardship projects while Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for administering the HSP for aquatic stewardship projects.

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


The objectives of this program are to:

  • -support habitat projects that benefit species at risk and prevent others from becoming a conservation concern
  • -enable Canadians to become actively involved in stewardship projects for species at risk which will result in tangible and measurable conservation benefits; and
  • -improve the scientific, sociological and economic understanding of stewardship as a conservation tool

Expected results

The expected results of the HSP are:

  • -Canada’s wildlife and habitat is conserved and protected
  • -Canada’s species at risk are recovered; and
  • -Indigenous Peoples are engaged in conservation

Eligible recipients

  • -Canadian non-governmental organizations
  • community groups
  • -Indigenous organizations and communities
  • individuals
  • -private corporations and businesses
  • -educational institutions
  • -provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • -provincial Crown corporations

Federal departments, federal agencies and federal Crown corporations are not eligible to receive HSP funds.

Geographic location

Project activities must take place on:

  • -private land
  • -provincial Crown land
  • -lands under the administration and control of the Commissioner of Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut, or Indigenous land across Canada

Eligible projects

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must target the following species:

  • species listed on Schedule 1 of SARA (except those listed as extirpated), and/or
  • species that have been assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as endangered, threatened, or of special concern but have not yet been listed on Schedule 1 of SARA
Up to 20% of the available funds will be directed towards projects targeting species that are not listed on Schedule 1 of SARA but assessed by COSEWIC as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern. The majority of program funds (i.e., at least 80%) will be directed to projects targeting species listed on Schedule 1 of SARA.  Priorities within these eligible species are listed below. Please consult this list to determine if your proposal could have a higher chance of success.

Activities eligible for funding include:

  • -habitat protection and securement
  • -habitat improvement
  • -species and habitat threat abatement
  • -conservation planning
  • -surveys, inventories and monitoring
  • -project evaluation
  • -outreach and education

Activities other than those listed above may be considered subject to approval.

Additional information can be found at the Program Webpage. 

Funding Sources

Government of Canada

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Last modified: January 26, 2021