Canada Nature Fund

Launch your nature conservation project using the new Canada Nature Fund. This funding will support the protection of Canada’s ecosystems, landscapes and biodiversity including species at risk. It is available to non-profit and Indigenous organizations, provinces and territories, and others.

The $500 million Canada Nature Fund will be matched by philanthropic foundations, corporate, not-for-profit, provincial, territorial and other partners who will contribute at least an additional $500M to raise a total of $1 billion for conservation action.

There are two streams for the Fund:

Spaces stream

The Spaces Stream of the Canada Nature Fund will provide resources that will enable key partners and stakeholders to significantly advance progress toward Canada’s biodiversity commitments. The Spaces Stream consists of three core components (Challenge, National Heritage Conservation Program and Quick Start) to optimize and coordinate supporting actions towards:

  • achieving Canada’s goal of protecting at least 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water by 2020 (hectares coverage)
  • enhancing the integrity and connectivity of Canada’s protected and conserved areas network
  • establishing new Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) to support Indigenous engagement in conservation


We are seeking project proposals from organizations that can make a significant contribution to conserving 17% of Canada’s land and freshwater.

Natural Heritage Conservation Program

This program is seeking proposals to develop, coordinate, and deliver a national level project aimed at assisting local, provincial and national conservation organizations in securement of ecologically sensitive private lands in perpetuity in Canada.

Species at Risk stream

This stream will enable partners to contribute to the protection and recovery of species at risk and other biodiversity through innovative, multi-species and ecosystem-based actions for priority species, places and sectors. Initiatives will support priorities for action and build relationships with Indigenous peoples, provinces and territories, environmental non-government and community-based organizations, industry, municipalities and communities, landowners and resource users, academia and other partners for terrestrial and aquatic species at risk.

Priority Places

Stay tuned for the call for proposals from interested partners to identify community nominated priority places where there are opportunities to help species at risk through multi-species and ecosystem-based conservation action. This page also has information on action to advance the protection and recovery of species at risk through collaborative, multi-partner initiatives in priority places across Canada.

Related funding initiatives

Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program

This program gives Indigenous peoples greater opportunities to exercise responsibility in on-the-ground stewardship of their traditional lands, waters, and ice.

Ecological Gifts Program

This program provides a way for Canadians, either individuals or corporations, to donate ecologically-sensitive land to qualified recipients and receive significant tax benefits.

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

This program allocates funds to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats and help to preserve biodiversity as a whole through the participation of local communities.

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

Supporting the development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act. Funds are allocated to projects that protect habitat and contribute to the recovery of species at risk, and to projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.

Other funding programs

The Government of Canada offers several other environmental funding programs.

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