Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands
What is SARPAL?
Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) is an Environment and Climate Change Canada initiative that is focused on working with farmers to support the recovery of species at risk on agricultural land. SARPAL funds conservation actions currently focused on supporting 12 target Species at Risk.
Funding for the 2019 SARPAL intake has been fully allocated and the program is now closed.
The 2020 intake will open on March 1.
What do you need to apply?
Be actively farming or own actively farmed land in Ontario as demonstrated by one of the following:
- A valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN)
- Owning property of 25 acres or more assessed as ‘Farm’ (indicated on a 2018 or 2019 Municipal Property Assessment Notice or Municipal Tax Bill)
- A Religious Exemption Letter provided by the OMAFRA Appeal Tribunal
- A Cultural Exemption Letter – First Nations producers can furnish a letter from the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario verifying the farm business operates in a First Nations community
Have a completed 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan and Action Plan verified complete by OSCIA.
Have a valid Premises Identification Number (PID) for the farm property where the proposed project will be completed. For more information call 1-888-247-4999 or visit www.ontariopid.com.
Claim deadline: February 1, 2020
Intake 2: March 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020 or until fully allocated
Eligible invoice dates: April 1, 2020- December 15, 2020
Claim deadline: December 15, 2020
Have a Question?
Contact OSCIA at email@example.com or
SARPAL aims to provide long-term protection for important SAR habitat on Ontario farmland, and will continue the use of Conservation Agreements.
Before funding can be released, approved SARPAL applicants are required to sign a Conservation Agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada.
In the Agreement, participants commit to implement and maintain the funded Best Management Practice(s) (BMP) for a period of time – usually 1 to 5 years depending on the BMP. The participant also commits to monitor the projects for the length of the agreement.
The goal of the Conservation Agreement is to ensure long-term protection of habitat for the 12 target SAR. The Agreement is not on title, but producers must notify OSCIA (who will in turn inform ECCC) of changes in land ownership or control.
For more information on the Conservation Agreements please contact us at SARPAL@ontariosoilcrop.org.