Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program

(SARFIP)

About Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program

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Farmland stretches over 12 million acres of Ontario, often integrated with valuable plant, fish and wildlife habitat. As stewards of the land, farmers have a unique opportunity to support species at risk (SAR) alongside their farming practices. The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) provides funding to agricultural landowners who complete habitat creation, enhancement and protection Best Management Practices (BMPs) that support species at risk (SAR). The range of possible activities applies to croplands, grasslands, stream banks, shorelines, wetlands and woodlands.

Cost-share funding is available for beneficial practices that directly or indirectly benefit SAR. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) allocates cost-share based on project applications and issues approved cost-share after projects have been completed and the required documentation is received.

SARFIP 2022 Program Brochure

The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) provides funding to agricultural landowners interested in completing habitat creation, enhancement and protection Best Management Practices (BMPs) that support species at risk. Addressing risks identified through the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) workbook, farmers can implement practices that are beneficial for species listed as at-risk in Ontario. The range of possible activities applies to croplands, grasslands, stream banks, shorelines, wetlands and woodlands. Check out the SARFIP 2022 Brochure for the full program details.

What do you need to apply?

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Applications are only accepted during application intakes. Be sure to carefully review information in the SARFIP Online Program Guide as only eligible and complete applications will be considered.

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To be eligible for SARFIP you must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Be actively farming or own actively farmed land in Ontario.

  2. Have completed a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (new applicants may complete the EFP before the claim deadline).

  3. Have a valid Premises Identification Number (PID) for the farm property where the proposed project will be completed. PIDs must be kept up to date. For more information visit ontariopid.com or call 1-888-247-4999.

 

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The SARFIP Online Program Guide provides detailed information for each BMP including eligible activities and costs, cost-share funding available, and documentation that must be included with an application.


SARFIP Enrolment and Application Forms are available in the Online Program Guide, you can submit the forms and all required documentation by email to: sarfip@ontariosoilcrop.org, or by post to: 1-367 Woodlawn Road W., Guelph, ON N1H 7K9. 

 

Resources for Applying

The Online Program Guide provides program information, including eligibility criteria, project category information, application intake dates, Enrolment and Application Forms.

 

 

Looking for additional resources for habitat enhancement or restoration projects in support of SAR?

Have you completed a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) for the property where the project is proposed? Click below for a list of upcoming EFP workshops.

Stay up-to-date! Join the OSCIA Programs mailing list.

Do you have questions about SARFIP?

Looking for Species at Risk (SAR) Resources?

Interested in exploring other cost-share opportunities?

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SARFIP Application Forms

Sar Specific Needs

1.1 Habitat Structures and Enhancements

1.2 Corridors Connecting Habitats

1.3 Biodiversity Enhancement Plan

1.4 Invasive Plant Species Control

1.5 Other Specific SAR Habitat Improvement Projects

Forests

2.1 Fencing to Exclude Livestock from Woodland Areas

2.2 Native Tree Planting

Water

3.1 Wetland Restoration

3.2 Fencing to Exclude Livestock from Water’s Edge

3.3 Improved Stream Crossings

3.4 Erosion Control Structures Along Water’s Edge

Grasslands

4.1 Native Grassland Planting 

4.2 Cross Fencing for Rotational Grazing

1.1 Habitat Structures and Enhancements

Application [1.1]

1.2 Corridors Connecting Habitats

Application [1.2]

1.3 Biodiversity Enhancement Plan

Application [1.3]

1.4 Invasive Plant Species Control

Application [1.4]

1.5 Other Specific SAR Habitat Improvement Projects
Application [1.5]

2.1 Fencing to Exclude Livestock from Woodland Areas
Application [2.1]

2.2 Native Tree Planting

Application [2.2]

3.1 Wetland Restoration

Application [3.1]

3.2 Fencing to Exclude Livestock from Water’s Edge
Application [3.2]

3.3 Improved Stream Crossings

Application [3.3]

3.4 Erosion Control Structures Along Water’s Edge
Application [3.4]

4.1 Native Grassland Planting

Application [4.1]

4.2 Cross Fencing for Rotational Grazing
Application [4.2]

Note about Tree Planting Service Agreements

Planting must be done directly through a Conservation Authority and prepayment for all services and fees must be completed with proof of payment submitted to OSCIA as part of your claim package. The applicant must enter into a Tree Service Agreement (provided by OSCIA to applicant upon conditional approval of a submitted application). The agreement must be signed by the applicant and the Conservation Authority before being submitted to OSCIA for final approval. In the event that a Conservation Authority is not available to undertake the project (e.g. there is no Conservation Authority in your area, or they are unable to take on your project) an independent Planting Delivery Agent may be used. The independent Planting Delivery Agent must hold liability insurance of two million dollars or more to cover the activities outlined in the approved SARFIP application and provide a copy of this insurance with the completed Tree Service Agreement.

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.2 and 4.1)

(Applies to BMP 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.2 and 4.1)

 

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Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 3.4)

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 3.5)

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 2.1, 3.2, and 4.2)

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 3.1 and 3.3)

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 3.4)

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 3.1 and 3.3)

Construction & Mitigation Guidelines

(Applies to BMP 3.5)

SAR Webinars

Supporting Species at Risk on Farm with SARPAL​

  • With help from #SARPAL, Valleybrook Farm was able to protect woodland habitat, create corridors, delay haying, and set up a rotational grazing system to support #SpeciesAtRisk. Species monitoring by Blazing Star Environmental Conservation Biologists also helped Pam learn more about her farm and plan for future activities.

Monitoring Species at Risk on Farm

How are monitoring programs developed and performed. Including BMP assessment, target SAR, survey methods and what monitoring means for farmers.

Snake
Webinar Series

  • Webinar 1: How to identify and protect snake habitat on your farm
  • Webinar 2: How to create and restore snake habitat on your farm

Monitoring Pollinators on your Farm Webinar

Learn about the role of pollinators in the function of the farm; pollinators provide many ecological goods and services

How to monitor pollinators on the farm; with the right knowledge and tools, you can contribute observations to citizen science and research

Learn how on-farm Best Management Practices (BMPs) can further enhance or restore pollinator habitat and forage sources on your farm

Looking for Species at Risk (SAR) Resources? Click here.

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Funding Statement

This project has received funding support from the Government of Ontario. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the contents of this material.  

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