Wildlife Habitat Canada invests funds from the sale of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print (CWHS) program to fund important and relevant conservation projects all over Canada.
What’s more, our matching funds component ensures that every dollar WHC invests is met with additional non-federal government backing. As a result, the projects we support are crucial to Canadian conservation initiatives and have provided roughly $150 million towards the cause.
The WHC mandate is to support applications that:
- are relevant under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP);
- positively impact regional and local habitats of other migratory game birds;
- consider the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.
WHC recognizes the importance of projects involving habitat conservation, restoration and enhancement for other wildlife (i.e. other than migratory game birds) and fish; however, these types of projects are not eligible for funding consideration under the Contribution Agreement between Environment and Climate Change Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada.
All grant applications undergo a review process by the WHC Board of Directors.
The following guidelines are taken into account upon review:
- Projects that contribute to an equitable geographic distribution of WHC support across Canada.
- The involvement of multiple funding partners.
- Assurance that WHC funds will be used for project-related activities within the specified fiscal timeframe.
- No single partner will receive more than 20% of the total available WHC grant funding in a given year.
Projects that emphasize the following will be prioritized by the Board of Directors:
- Support of the waterfowl hunting community’s role and contribution to wildlife and habitat conservation.
- Promotion and advocacy of the importance of wildlife habitat conservation in Canada.
- Lasting and long-term impacts on conservation.
- Support of priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).
- Regional and local habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds.
- The Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.