Ecological gifts: eligible recipients

Landowners may donate ecologically sensitive land to registered environmental charities and governmental organizations.

The following groups are automatically eligible to receive ecological gifts:

  • federal, provincial and territorial governments
  • Canadian municipalities
  • municipal or public bodies performing a function of government

Charities must apply to the Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) to become eligible to receive ecological gifts.

Eligible charities, municipalities and municipal or public bodies performing a function of government must also be approved in order to receive a specific ecological gift donation.

How a charity becomes eligible

In order to be eligible to receive an ecological gift, a charity must:


A charitable organization wishing to receive an ecological gift in Quebec must also meet the requirements of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (in French only).

Application package

The application package must include:

  • full contact details
  • the mission of the organization and some examples of the types of projects it undertakes
  • the organization’s Charitable Registration Number
  • a certified copy of the organization’s Letters Patent, incorporation papers or other governing documents that include the full statement of objects or purpose
  • an expression of the organization’s willingness and demonstration of its financial and human resource capacity to receive and manage ecological gifts
  • evidence that the organization has adopted, or has committed to adopt, national or provincial guidelines to direct its land acquisition and management practices
  • a dissolution or winding-up clause that is compatible with the requirements of the EGP

The National Secretariat will respond within 6 weeks. Once approved, we will add the organization to the list of environmental charities eligible to receive ecological gifts.

Recipient responsibilities

Recipients of ecological gifts are responsible for maintaining the biodiversity and environmental heritage values of the property forever. They may also help in other ways, such as:

  • providing an initial assessment of the property's ecological sensitivity
  • arranging for an appraisal of the ecological gift’s fair market value
  • coordinating necessary applications

Contact us

National Secretariat, Ecological Gifts Program
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd.
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H3

Telephone: (800) 668-6767

For more information

Please refer to the Ecological Gifts Program Handbook for more information about the program.

List of eligible environmental charities


Alberta Conservation Association

Alberta Fish and Game Association

Crooked Creek Conservancy Society of Athabasca

Ducks Unlimited Alberta

Edmonton and Area Land Trust

Foothills Land Trust

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
Telephone: (403) 265-5488

Legacy Land Trust

The Nature Conservancy of Canada - Alberta

Parks Foundation Calgary (PFC)
Note: The PFC is not an environmental charity. The PFC is an agent of the City of Calgary. Donations to this agency are considered gifts to the Municipality and as such the Foundation issues official donation receipts.

Southern Alberta Land Trust Society

Western Sky Land Trust

Wild Elk Federation


Ducks Unlimited Saskatchewan

Meewasin Valley Authority

The Nature Conservancy of Canada - Saskatchewan

Nature Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (SWSA)
Note: The SWSA is not an environmental charity. The SWSA is a provincial Crown corporation. Donations to this agency are considered gifts to the Crown and as such the Corporation issues official donation receipts. It can also be of assistance in working with donors regarding land donations to other organizations in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation


Cooks Creek Conservation District

Ducks Unlimited Canada - Manitoba

Fort Whyte Alive

Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC)
Note: The MHHC is not an environmental charity. The MHHC is a provincial Crown corporation. Donations to this agency are considered gifts to the Crown and as such the Corporation issues official donation receipts. It can also be of assistance in working with donors regarding land donations to other organizations in Manitoba.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada -Manitoba

Turtle River Watershed Conservation District #2
Telephone: (204) 447-2139

Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Algoma Highlands Conservancy

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
Note: The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is not an environmental charity, but as a qualified donee, the organisation can submit official donation receipts.  It was established under the Conservation Authorities Act in Ontario and acts as a public body performing functions of government. It can also be of assistance in working with donors regarding land donations to other organizations in Ontario.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation

Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation

Brant Land Trust

The Bruce Trail Conservancy

Canada South Land Trust

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority

Catfish Creek Conservation Authority

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority

Couchiching Conservancy

Crowe Valley Conservation Authority

Ducks Unlimited - Ontario

Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy

Essex Region Conservation Authority

Essex Region Conservation Foundation

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

Georgian Bay Land Trust

Grand River Conservation Authority

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust

Halton Region Conservation Authority

Hamilton Naturalists' Club

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust

Huronia Land Conservancy

Kawartha Land Trust

Kawartha Region Conservation Authority

The Kensington Conservancy

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority

Lake Clear Conservancy

Lakehead Region Conservation Authority

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy

Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

Lone Pine Land Trust

Long Point Basin Land Trust

Long Point Region Conservation Authority

Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority

Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority

Magnetawan Watershed Land Trust

Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy

Muskoka Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy of Canada - Ontario

Niagara Land Trust Foundation

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation

Nickel District Conservation Authority

North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

Northumberland Land Trust

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust

Ontario Farmland Trust

Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT)
Note: The OHT is not an environmental charity. The OHT is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage. Donations to the OHT are considered gifts to the Crown and as such the OHT issues official donation receipts.

Ontario Nature

Otonabee Region Conservation Authority

Otonabee Region Conservation Foundation

Rainy Lake Conservancy

Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Rare Charitable Research Reserve

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation

Rideau Waterway Land Trust

Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority

Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation

Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority

South Nation River Conservation Authority

St. Clair Region Conservation Authority

St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation

Thames Talbot Land Trust

Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust

Thunder Bay Field Naturalists

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority


Action Chelsea for the Respect of the Environment (ACRE)

Les amis des jardins de Métis Inc

Les amis du marais de la rivière aux cerises (in French only)

Appalachian Corridor

Association de conservation de la nature de Stukely-Sud
Telephone: (450) 539-1309

Association pour la protection des milieux humides de la Cumberland
Telephone : (418) 226-0329

Association pour la protection du lac Brompton (in French only)

Boisé des Douze (in French only)

Boucher Forest Foundation

Brome Lake Land Foundation

The Canadian Heritage of Quebec

Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire (in French only)

Centre d'interprétation du milieu écologique du Haut-Richelieu (CIME) (in French only)

Comité régional pour la protection des falaises (CRPF) (in French only)

Conservation des Vallons de la Serpentine (in French only)

Conservation Espace Nature Shefford (CENS) (in French only)

Conservation Manitou

Ducks Unlimited Canada - Quebec


Fiducie de conservation des écosystèmes de Lanaudière

Fondation écologique du Grand Montréal
Telephone: (514) 721-0907

Fondation pour la sauvegarde des écosystèmes du territoire de la Haute-Yamaska (SETHY) (in French only)

Fondation Québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel (in French only)

Fondation Trois-Rivières pour un développement durable (F3RDD) (in French only)

l’Institut des territoires (in French only)

Héritage Plein Air du Nord (in French only)

Héritage Saint-Bernard (in French only)

Horizon Nature Bas-Saint-Laurent (in French only)

Massawippi Conservation Trust

Memphrémagog Wetlands Foundation
Telephone: (819) 868-0723

Mount Echo Conservation Association (MECA)

Mount Pinnacle Land Trust

Nature-Action Quebec (in French only)

Nature-Avenir (in French only)

Nature Eastern Townships

Nature Conservancy of Canada - Quebec

Protection des oiseaux du Québec / Bird Protection Québec

Québec Society for Wetland Conservation

Regroupement pour la pérennité de l'Île Verte (in French only)

Renaissance Lake Brome

The Ruiter Valley Land Trust

Société de conservation, d'interprétation et de recherche de Berthier et ses îles
Telephone: (450) 836-4447

Société de conservation des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Telephone: (418) 986-1706

Société de conservation du corridor naturel de la rivière au saumon (in French only)

Société de conservation du Mont Brome (in French only)

Société de protection foncière de Sainte-Adèle
Telephone: (450) 229-6749

Société pour la conservation de la tourbière de Lanoraie
Telephone: (450) 887-1100 poste 6

Société Provancher d'histoire naturelle du Canada (in French only)

TerraVie - Fonds Foncier Communautaire (in French only)

Les verts boisés du fjord (in French only)

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