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:

Note:

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
Email: ec.pde-egp.ec@canada.ca

For more information

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

List of eligible environmental charities

List of eligible environmental charities
Regions Names
Alberta Alberta Conservation Association
Alberta Alberta Fish and Game Association
Alberta Crooked Creek Conservancy Society of Athabasca
Alberta Ducks Unlimited Alberta
Alberta Edmonton and Area Land Trust
Alberta Foothills Land Trust
Alberta Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation
Telephone: (403) 265-5488
Alberta Legacy Land Trust
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.
Alberta Southern Alberta Land Trust Society
Alberta The Nature Conservancy of Canada - Alberta
Alberta Western Sky Land Trust
Alberta Wild Elk Federation
British Columbia BC Parks Foundation
British Columbia Burns Bog Conservation Society
British Columbia Central Okanagan Land Trust
British Columbia Comox Valley Land Trust
British Columbia Cowichan Community Land Trust Society
British Columbia Denman Conservancy Association
British Columbia Ducks Unlimited Canada - BC Coast Office
British Columbia Fraser Valley Conservancy
British Columbia Gabriola Land and Trails Trust
British Columbia Galiano Conservancy Association
British Columbia Habitat Acquisition Trust
British Columbia Islands Trust Conservancy
Note: The Islands Trust Conservancy is not an environmental charity, but as a qualified donee, the organisation can submit official donation receipts. It was established by the Islands Trust Act 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 British Columbia.
British Columbia Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy
British Columbia Malaspina Land Conservancy Society
British Columbia Mayne Island Conservancy Society
British Columbia Nanaimo and Area Land Trust
British Columbia North Okanagan Parks and Natural Area Trust
British Columbia Pacific Parklands Foundation
British Columbia Pender Islands Conservancy Association
British Columbia Quadra Island Conservancy and Stewardship Society
Telephone: (250) 285-2331 
British Columbia Salt Spring Island Conservancy
British Columbia Savary Island Land Trust Society
British Columbia Sunshine Coast Conservation Association
British Columbia The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
British Columbia The Nature Conservancy of Canada - British Columbia
British Columbia The Nature Trust of British Columbia
British Columbia The Southern Interior Land Trust Society (formerly Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society)
British Columbia Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia
Manitoba Cooks Creek Conservation District
Manitoba Ducks Unlimited Canada - Manitoba
Manitoba Fort Whyte Alive
Manitoba 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.
Manitoba The Nature Conservancy of Canada -Manitoba
Manitoba Turtle River Watershed Conservation District #2
Telephone : (204) 447-2139
National Ducks Unlimited Canada
National Land Stewardship Centre of Canada
National The Nature Conservancy of Canada
New Brunswick Community Forests International
New Brunswick Ducks Unlimited - New Brunswick
New Brunswick Meduxnekeag River Association
New Brunswick Nature Trust of New Brunswick
New Brunswick St. Croix International Waterway Commission
New Brunswick The Nature Conservancy of Canada - New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Conservancy of Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Ducks Unlimited Canada - Newfoundland
Northwest Territories and Nunavut Ducks Unlimited
Nova Scotia Bras d'Or Preservation Nature Trust
Nova Scotia Ducks Unlimited Canada - Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Nova Scotia The Nature Conservancy of Canada - Nova Scotia
Ontario Algoma Highlands Conservancy
Ontario 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.
Ontario Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation
Ontario Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
Ontario Brant Land Trust
Ontario Canada South Land Trust
Ontario Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Catfish Creek Conservation Authority
Ontario Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
Ontario Couchiching Conservancy
Ontario Crowe Valley Conservation Authority
Ontario Ducks Unlimited - Ontario
Ontario Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy
Ontario Essex Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Essex Region Conservation Foundation
Ontario Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Georgian Bay Land Trust
Ontario Grand River Conservation Authority
Ontario Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
Ontario Haliburton Highlands Land Trust
Ontario Halton Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Hamilton Conservation Authority
Ontario Hamilton Naturalists' Club
Ontario Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust
Ontario Huronia Land Conservancy
Ontario Kawartha Land Trust
Ontario Kawartha Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
Ontario Lake Clear Conservancy
Ontario Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
Ontario Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy
Ontario Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
Ontario Lone Pine Land Trust
Ontario Long Point Basin Land Trust
Ontario Long Point Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
Ontario Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Magnetawan Watershed Land Trust
Ontario Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
Ontario Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy
Ontario Muskoka Conservancy
Ontario Niagara Land Trust Foundation
Ontario Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
Ontario Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation
Ontario Nickel District Conservation Authority
Ontario North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Ontario Northumberland Land Trust
Ontario Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Ontario Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust
Ontario Ontario Farmland Trust
Ontario 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 Ontario Nature
Ontario Otonabee Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Otonabee Region Conservation Foundation
Ontario Rainy Lake Conservancy
Ontario Raisin Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Rare Charitable Research Reserve
Ontario Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Ontario Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation
Ontario Rideau Waterway Land Trust
Ontario Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
Ontario Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation
Ontario Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority
Ontario South Nation River Conservation Authority
Ontario St. Clair Region Conservation Authority
Ontario St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation
Ontario Thames Talbot Land Trust
Ontario The Bruce Trail Conservancy
Ontario The Kensington Conservancy
Ontario The Nature Conservancy of Canada - Ontario
Ontario Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust
Ontario Thunder Bay Field Naturalists
Ontario Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Ontario Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
Prince Edward Island Ducks Unlimited Canada - Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Island Nature Trust
Prince Edward Island Nature Conservancy of Canada - Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island Wildlife Federation
Telephone: (902) 626-9699
Prince Edward Island Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation Inc.
Quebec Action Chelsea for the Respect of the Environment (ACRE)
Quebec Ambioterra
Quebec Appalachian Corridor
Quebec Association de conservation de la nature de Stukely-Sud
Telephone: (450) 539-1309
Quebec Association pour la protection des milieux humides de la Cumberland
Telephone : (418) 226-0329
Quebec Association pour la protection du lac Brompton (in French only)
Quebec Boisé des Douze (in French only)
Quebec Boucher Forest Foundation
Quebec Brome Lake Land Foundation
Quebec Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire (in French only)
Quebec Centre d'interprétation du milieu écologique du Haut-Richelieu (CIME) (in French only)
Quebec Comité régional pour la protection des falaises (CRPF) (in French only)
Quebec Conservation de la nature Canada - Québec
Quebec Conservation des Vallons de la Serpentine (in French only)
Quebec Conservation Espace Nature Shefford (CENS) (in French only)
Quebec Conservation Manitou
Quebec Ducks Unlimited Canada - Quebec
Quebec Éco-corridors laurentiens (in French only)
Quebec Éco-Nature
Quebec Fiducie de conservation des écosystèmes de Lanaudière
Quebec Fondation écologique du Grand Montréal
Telephone: (514) 721-0907
Quebec Fondation pour la sauvegarde des écosystèmes du territoire de la Haute-Yamaska (SETHY) (in French only)
Quebec Fondation Québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel (in French only)
Quebec Fondation Trois-Rivières pour un développement durable (F3RDD) (in French only)
Quebec Héritage Plein Air du Nord (in French only)
Quebec Héritage Saint-Bernard (in French only)
Quebec Horizon Nature Bas-Saint-Laurent (in French only)
Quebec l’Institut des territoires (in French only)
Quebec Les amis des jardins de Métis Inc
Quebec Les amis du marais de la rivière aux cerises (in French only)
Quebec Les verts boisés du fjord (in French only)
Quebec Massawippi Conservation Trust
Quebec Memphrémagog Wetlands Foundation
Telephone: (819) 868-0723
Quebec Mount Echo Conservation Association (MECA)
Quebec Mount Pinnacle Land Trust
Quebec Nature Conservancy of Canada - Quebec
Quebec Nature Eastern Townships
Quebec Nature-Action Quebec (in French only)
Quebec Nature-Avenir (in French only)
Quebec Protection des oiseaux du Québec / Bird Protection Québec
Quebec Québec Society for Wetland Conservation
Quebec Regroupement pour la pérennité de l'Île Verte (in French only)
Quebec Renaissance Lake Brome
Quebec Société de conservation des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Telephone: (418) 986-1706
Quebec Société de conservation du corridor naturel de la rivière au saumon (in French only)
Quebec Société de conservation du Mont Brome (in French only)
Quebec Société de conservation, d'interprétation et de recherche de Berthier et ses îles
Telephone: (450) 836-4447
Quebec Société de protection foncière de Sainte-Adèle
Telephone: (450) 229-6749
Quebec Société pour la conservation de la tourbière de Lanoraie
Telephone: (450) 887-1100 poste 6
Quebec Société Provancher d'histoire naturelle du Canada (in French only)
Quebec TerraVie - Fonds Foncier Communautaire (in French only)
Quebec The Canadian Heritage of Quebec
Quebec The Ruiter Valley Land Trust
Saskatchewan Ducks Unlimited Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Meewasin Valley Authority
Saskatchewan Nature Saskatchewan
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 Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
Saskatchewan The Nature Conservancy of Canada - Saskatchewan
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