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Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk

Environment Canada


One of the Government of Canada’s conservation results is the recovery of species at risk. The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP), established in 2000, delivers on this result by providing 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). In order to better align with its core responsibility of conserving nature, the funding program priorities were adjusted for the 18 to 19 fiscal year.  Activities must take place on private land, provincial Crown land, Indigenous land or in aquatic environments across Canada.

For general information about the HSP, please consult the program website or send your specific questions by e-mail to


The underlying objectives of the HSP SAR Stream are to:
  • support habitat projects that benefit SAR
  • enable Canadians to become actively and concretely involved in stewardship projects for SAR that will result in tangible and measurable conservation benefits
  • improve the scientific, sociological and economic understanding of the role that stewardship has as a conservation tool

Expected results

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must demonstrate how they contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of species at risk. Further, the proposal should include one or more of the elements below, and describe how they contribute to the species’ recovery objectives and population goals:
  • important habitat for SAR recovery is secured or otherwise protected
  • important habitat for SAR recovery is improved (restored/enhanced) and/or managed to meet their recovery needs
  • threats to SAR 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 SAR

National priorities

The national priorities for the HSP SAR Stream are projects that focus on the following:
  • implementation of priority activities described in recovery strategies,action plans or management plans
  • implementation of multi-species projects with a focus on ecosystem-based recovery initiatives
  • implementation of projects involving collaboration among multiple stakeholders/partners
  • the recovery of species at risk and threats to species at risk included as part of an international agreement
  • activities that address the impacts or respond to the threats of climate change as described in recovery strategies, action plans or management plans

Regional priorities

In 2018-2019 all species at risk funding programs (the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk, and the Interdepartmental Recovery Fund) have adopted a common tiered approach for regional priorities that will be used to guide the selection and prioritization of proposals for the funding of terrestrial stewardship projects. The tiered prioritization approach applies to projects in terrestrial environments only. The approach to regional priorities for aquatic stewardship projects remains unchanged in 2018-2019.

Terrestrial projects:

For the 2018 to 2019 funding year, regional terrestrial priorities have been tiered based on their importance to regional objectives:
  • Tier 1: Focal Landscapes: Projects taking place within regional focal landscapes (HSP regional priorities - terrestrial Table)
  • Tier 2: Overarching priority species, sectors and threats: Projects focusing on overarching priority species, sectors and threats
  • Tier 3: Existing regional priorities: Projects focusing on existing terrestrial regional priority  areas, species and/or threats that are not addressed by the new Tier 1 or Tier 2 priorities
Please see maps for visual representation of the Tier 1 Focal landscapes and Tier 3 regional priority areas.
See the HSP 2018-2019 National Call for Proposals for more information on criteria used to select regional priority focal landscapes, species, sectors and threat.
Emphasis this year will be placed on projects that address regional priorities, with HSP targeting its funds for terrestrial projects to Tier 1 and Tier 2 priorities, as illustrated in below:
Tiered Regional Priorities

Please see the regional priority table or contact your Regional Coordinator for more information on the 2018 to 2019 regional priorities for terrestrial projects.

Aquatic projects:
For the 2018 to 2019 funding year, the format for regional priorities for aquatic projects has not changed. Projects will continue to be evaluated against existing regional priority species, areas and/or threat listed in regional priority table. The majority of aquatic funds will go to projects that address these regional priorities. Please contact your Regional Coordinator for more information on all of the program’s priority activities, areas and threats.

Eligible recipients

Contact Name: Habitat Stewardship Program
Contact Phone: 604-350-1989
Subject Area(s): Environmental Protection and Management
Last Reviewed: June 14, 2019, 3:07 pm
Deadline: No Official Deadline
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