Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program: Overview of Environmental Stewardship Programming

In Ontario, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $1.5 billion investment to the Ontario agri-food sector: $1.1 billion for Business Risk Management funding and $417 million for strategic initiatives to help grow Ontario's agri-food and agri-products sectors, effective April 2018.

Strategic initiatives will support projects in three key priority areas, with research and innovation continuing to be a key focus across all programming:

Programming will be targeted to deliver the most impactful results to address key CAP priority areas.

New - Targeted program stream

The ministry will pilot a new targeted program stream that will focus on new and emerging priorities in the agri-food and agri-products sectors.

The ministry will, where appropriate, partner with key stakeholders to deliver on CAP outcomes for Ontario through targeted investments.

Information about the new targeted program stream will be available in the near future.

CAP Environmental Stewardship Programming

Ontario’s agricultural landscape is shifting with changes in market demands, public trust and the expectations of agri-environmental sustainability. The CAP Stewardship programming will support the sector by better reflecting the commitments that have been identified within the draft Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan and Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Heath and Conservation Strategy. Actions supported under CAP stewardship programming will also provide important co-benefits to pollinator habitat and climate change, which will be complemented by the broader suite of provincial programs under development, including programs supported under Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Funding will address the following government commitments related to water and soil health.

  • Target - Improving the soil health of Ontario’s farmland
  • Target - Reducing nutrients loss, in particular phosphorus, from agriculture production into Ontario’s Great Lakes with focus on Lake Erie
  • Co-benefit - Enhancing pollinator habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience to climate change, while strengthening the sustainability of the agriculture sector

Program funds will be targeted to businesses and organizations that are working towards improving soil health and water quality by achieving the following results:

  • Education and training to increase awareness and understanding of on-farm risks and opportunities for water quality and soil health improvements.
  • Adoption of on-farm management practices or suites of practices to improve soil health and water quality.
  • Applied research and demonstration projects to improve knowledge of BMPs and technologies, inspire stewardship across the agricultural community and inform evidence and data collection to support measurement of soil health and water quality improvements.
  • Development of or enhancement to planning and/or decision making tools to identify and manage risks related to soil health and water quality.

Examples of CAP Environmental Stewardship Project categories are:

Project Category
  • Adding Organic Amendments
  • Riparian Buffer Strips
  • Cover Crops
  • Fragile Land Retirement
  • Equipment to Apply Organic Amendments
  • Runoff Control for Livestock Facilities
  • Manure Storage Improvements
  • Modifications to Reduce Soil Compaction
  • Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater / Wash water
  • Planning - Soil Health and Water Quality
  • Structural Erosion Control
  • Tillage and Nutrient Application Equipment Modifications
  • Windbreaks and Wind Strips
  • Water Wells
  • Spreading solid organic amendments to soil
  • Permanent vegetated buffer strips next to water
  • Covering soil over winter to reduce erosion risks
  • Removing fragile landscapes from active production
  • Modifications to equipment to effectively spread manure
  • Avoidance and treatment of runoff water from livestock facilities
  • Improving manure storage practices on farms to support 240 days of storage
  • Equipment modifications to reduce soil compaction
  • Modifications to greenhouse irrigation, manure dewatering, and wastewater recycling
  • Planning for nutrient management and soil health
  • Erosion control structures and storm water management
  • Equipment modifications for no-till and reduced tillage, fertilizer management, and residue management
  • Establishing vegetation to reduce wind erosion to prevent soil loss
  • Protection of existing wells from surface contamination

Who can apply

Producers, organizations, regional collaborations, agriculture community influencers, advisors and Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply for funding.

When to apply

Application intakes will open on the first business day in April 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

A verified complete 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) or a peer reviewed 3rd Edition EFP (Note: those applying with a 3rd Edition will be required to upgrade to a 4th Edition prior to receiving final project payment at time of claim.)

Important information

Funding to support processors can be found under the productivity stream of CAP Economic Development programming, and may offer co-benefits to stewardship outcomes.

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Creation Date: 8 February 2018
Last Reviewed: 13 February 2018