Who We Are

Over 30 years of investing in conservation for Canada

We envision a future where Canadians share a conservation ethic that recognizes the fundamental importance of wildlife habitats that are abundant, rich and support biodiversity.

WHC’s first board of directors in 1984

Wildlife Habitat Canada is a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization established in 1984 by Environment Canada, provincial wildlife agencies and conservation organizations. We work through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations and industry to find effective solutions to address problems facing wildlife habitat. We are guided by a highly diverse Board of Directors, with representatives from national conservation organizations and government agencies.

Wildlife Habitat Canada is a member of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (NAWCC) Canada, the Green Budget Coalition,  the Canadian Wetlands Roundtable and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI Canada).


Our Objectives








Provide a funding mechanism for wildlife habitat conservation programs in Canada;        

Conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat in order to retain the diversity, distribution and abundance of wildlife;

Foster coordination and leadership in the conservation community across Canada; and,

Promote the conservation contributions of waterfowl hunters and encourage waterfowl hunting participation.

Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print


Wildlife Habitat Canada holds an annual art competition, which is open to Canadian wildlife artists, to select the image for the upcoming Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print. The winning image is unveiled on April 1 every year when the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp is released to the public.

Waterfowl hunters contribute to the work of WHC through the purchase of their stamp to validate their federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits. These timeless works of Canadian art are also purchased country-wide by stamp collectors, wildlife art lovers and individuals interested in contributing to the conservation, restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat in Canada.


Conservation Granting Program


With the support of the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada, a portion of the revenue associated with the sale of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp is allocated to fund wildlife habitat conservation projects across Canada.

Since 1984 WHC has provided grants of over $50 million to hundreds of habitat conservation projects across the full range of Canadian landscapes and seascapes, as well as all provinces and territories, through its granting program. We have also been an important catalyst of many ground-breaking habitat conservation initiatives, such as the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

For more information about Wildlife Habitat Canada’s Grant Program, including eligibility, please click here.