Project Eligibility

Only Canadian recipients are eligible recipients and include: not-for-profit organizations; aboriginal organizations, associations and wildlife management boards; research, academic and educational institutions; for profit organizations such as small businesses, companies, corporations, and industry associations; local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs; and, provincial, territorial, municipal and local governments and their agencies.  

Ineligible recipients include, but are not limited to: international organizations or individuals; and, government employees, departments, agencies and crown corporations at the federal level.


In recognition of the fact that the purchase of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp by waterfowl hunters is the primary source of funding for Wildlife Habitat Canada’s grant program, within its available budget, Wildlife Habitat Canada will primarily support projects involving the participation of multiple partners that:

  • Support the priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).
  • Support regional and local habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds.
  • Support the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.

*Expenditures directly related to the acquisition of land or an interest in land, including a lease, conservation easement or conservation covenant are not eligible for grant funding from Wildlife Habitat Canada.

*Wildlife Habitat Canada funds cannot be used to contribute to any endowment fund(s).

*While Wildlife Habitat Canada recognizes the importance of projects involving habitat conservation, restoration and enhancement for non-waterfowl species and fish, these types of projects are not eligible for funding consideration under the Contribution Agreement between Environment Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada.

Habitat Conservation Grants

Habitat Conservation, Restoration or Enhancement Projects

Projects under this category focus on direct, on-the-ground activities that:

  • address North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) conservation priorities, as outlined in the Habitat Joint Venture Implementation Plans, including conservation, restoration, protection and enhancement of habitat in priority areas; or
  • support habitat conservation for other important migratory game birds.

Examples of project activities that would fall under this grant category:

  • creation, restoration or enhancement of wetland habitat;
  • natural vegetation planting;
  • construction and installation of Hen Houses or nest boxes;
  • installation of livestock exclusion fencing;
  • removal of invasive species;
  • wetland inventory mapping; …etc.

NOTE: For infrastructure repair / re-build projects (e.g., water level control structure repairs or replacement), WHC will consider projects that:

  • increase wetland acres and/or improve the ecological integrity of affected acres; and,
  • address long term maintenance needs for infrastructure (which do not rely on any future WHC funding).

Research Grants

Projects under this category focus on furthering the understanding of waterfowl and/or habitat conservation or the NAWMP human dimensions component: 

  • as outlined in the NAWMP and Habitat/Species Joint Venture Implementation Plans, including research for conservation, restoration, protection and enhancement of habitat in priority areas; or
  • support habitat conservation for other important migratory game birds.

Examples of research projects that have received grant funding in the past:


NOTE: To be considered for funding, Research projects require a letter of support from the scientific or technical committee of the associated North American Waterfowl Management Plan Habitat (or Species) Joint Venture in Canada. This letter of support must be attached to the application form when it is submitted to WHC.

Conservation Networking Grants

Wetland Education, Hunter Education, Hunter Recruitment projects

Projects under this category address the NAWMP goals and priorities of the human dimensions component, “Growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands habitat conservation.” Includes:

  • wetland educational programs/workshops;
  • waterfowl hunter education and/or recruitment programs/workshops;
  • projects that advance regional or national stewardship.

Examples of project activities that would fall under this category:

  • Provincial Hunting Day activities promoting waterfowl hunting and wetland conservation;
  • Mentored waterfowl hunts / introduction to waterfowl hunting;
  • Public engagement in conservation activities / planning;…etc.

NOTE: To be considered for funding, Networking projects must:

  • clearly outline the curriculum of the program; and,
  • include a follow up component (planned future activities) to demonstrate how the benefits of the program will be sustained in future years and to evaluate the success of the program (e.g., are new hunters continuing to actively hunt after the program?).

Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Grants

Projects under this category support Murre conservation activities and management, including those that:

  • Assess Murre breeding populations, productivity, survival, harvests and other mortality factors;
  • Facilitate Murre hunting stewardship and wildlife conservation to ensure that the Murre populations are sustained; or
  • Involve other Murre habitat conservation activities and events.

NOTE: grant applications under this category are reviewed by the NL Murre Conservation Fund Steering Committee, made up of representatives from the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada, Bird Studies Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Department of Environment and Conservation) and Wildlife Habitat Canada.


Other requirements taken into account by WHC’s Board of Directors when reviewing grant applications include:

  • Projects that contribute to an equitable geographic distribution of Wildlife Habitat Canada support across Canada.
  • The involvement of multiple funding partners.
  • Assurance that a grant funds will be used for project related activity within the specified fiscal year; Wildlife Habitat Canada cannot commit grant funding support to multi-year projects.
  • No single partner will receive more than 20% of the total available Wildlife Habitat Canada grant funding in a given year.
  • Applications must clearly demonstrate a minimum 1:1 funding match ratio in the specified fiscal year (Please note that funding from Government of Canada programs cannot be considered as match).
  • Projects that support the waterfowl hunting community’s role and contribution to wildlife and habitat conservation.
  • Projects that promote and advocate the importance of wildlife habitat in Canada.
  • Projects with a lasting and long-term conservation impact.