The Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk - Now Accepting Proposals for 2017-2018

1. Background

Now into its 18th year, 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 and for preventing species, other than the species at risk listed on the Species at Risk Act (SARA), from becoming a conservation concern. The activities must take place on private land, provincial and Crown land, or Indigenous land, or in aquatic environments across Canada.

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 1of 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.

Timelines:

The program will be accepting Expressions of Interest until November 18th, 2016. 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.

The deadline for proposal submissions is December 9th, 2016.


HSP SAR Stream National Priorities and Expected Results

The national priorities for HSP SAR stream are projects or activities that focus on the following:

  • Implementation of priority activities described in recovery strategies or action plans such as protection of critical habitat.  
  • Implementation of multi-species projects with a focus on ecosystem-based recovery initiatives. 
  • Implementation of projects involving collaboration among multiple stakeholders/partners.
  • Implementation of signed SARA Section 11 agreements.
  • The recovery of species at risk and threats to species at risk included as part of an international agreement.

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must contribute to one or more of the expected results of the HSP SAR stream:

  • Important habitatFootnote 1 for species at risk recovery is secured or otherwise protected.
  • Important habitatFootnote 1 for species at risk recovery is improved (restored/enhanced) and/or managed to meet species' recovery needs.
  • Threats to species at risk and/or their habitat that are caused by human activities are stopped, removed and/or mitigated.
  • Project benefits are sustained over time by engaging Canadians (landowners, resource users, volunteers) to participate directly in activities that support the recovery of species at risk.

HSP Prevention Stream National Priorities and Expected Results

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 habitatFootnote 2 for the target species is secured or otherwise protected;
  • Important habitatFootnote 2 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.

Regional Priorities for Both Streams

In addition to the national priorities, each region has regional priorities that support the national priorities. These include target areas, species and threats that have been identified as priorities for the region. For the 2017-2018 funding year, emphasis shall be placed on projects that address regional priorities, and these can be found on the website.

For more information:

  • Please contact your HSP Regional CoordinatorFootnote 3 to receive further information on the Expression of Interest and on regional program priorities for projects in your area.
  • General information on the HSP is also available on the HSP website.
  • Please refer to the 2017-2018 HSP Application Guidelines for information on how to complete an Expression of Interest, how to submit a proposal and other details on project eligibility. Separate guidelines are provided for the SAR and the Prevention funding stream.
  • The Expression of Interest is available as an online form.
  • If you have any questions, please contact this address.

Thank you for your interest in species at risk and in preventing other species from becoming a conservation concern. We wish you the best in your application!

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