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Attract Wildlife

Connect with nature by attracting birds, bees and butterflies and other wildlife to your home.

Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
50% of project costs up to $1,000

Create or restore wildlife habitat right on your own property. Your new habitat will fulfill the need for food, water, shelter, or a place for wildlife to raise their young. Consider installing bird boxes, bat boxes, snake hibernacula, or simply plant native seed mixes ... or let us know if you have your own idea! 

Wetland Restoration and Enhancement

50% of project costs up to $10,000 for wetlands

Reduce your risk of flood damage, help recharge groundwater and create a habitat for numerous species by restorating or enhancing a beautiful wetland on your property. This category involves restoring and enhancing the plants and soils of a wetland, creating home for fish, birds, and other animals. Without wetlands, some wildlife species would disappear completely.

Grassland Restoration and Enhancement

50% of project costs up to $5,000

Hike or birdwatch right on your own meadow, prairie or savanna. The sights, sounds and smells of grasslands will create a beautiful space where you can build a connection with nature. Grasslands provide a home for numerous species, including pollinators and hundreds of vibrant native flowers. If you're a birder, you can also expect to see many bird species, including bobolinks, savanna sparrows and northern bobwhite quail.


Project Details

Enhancing Wildlife Habitat

Objective

To protect wildlife through creating or restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitats on private properties.

Eligible Projects

  • Projects that create or restore wildlife habitat that fulfills the need for food, water, shelter and/or places to raise young, i.e. bird and/or bat boxes, snake hibernacula, planting native seed mixes and native aquatic and terrestrial plants.
  • Educational signage for environmental projects that are being supported through the LSRCA's stewardship or restoration programs.
  • Priority may be given to projects that are adjacent to identified natural heritage areas (see
  • LSRCA's Natural Heritage System for the Lake Simcoe Watershed. 2007).
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if they meet the objective of the category.

Project Details

Projects in or near water may require reviews, approvals, and/or permits from, but not limited to the local municipality, LSRCA, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Permits are the responsibiilty of the applicant and must be in place prior to construction.

Project must be a minimum cost of $500 before tax.

All educational materials must include the LSRCA logo and be approved by LSRCA staff prior to publishing.

What costs are covered?

  • Permits
  • Professional design fees
  • Materials and labour associated with an approved project

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Any projects associated with non-native and invasive species
  • Enhancements for recreational use, or aesthetic purposes
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with LSRCA, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work required as a condition of a municipal planning or LSRCA permit will not be eligible.
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance

Wetland Restoration and Enhancement

​Objective

To improve water quality and quantity, enhance habitat, and increase diversity of our natural heritage systems through wetland restoration and enhancements.

Eligible Projects

  • Priority will be given to projects that are adjacent to an identified natural heritage area
  • Priority will be given to projects partnering with other wetland restoration programs (e.g. Ducks Unlimited Canada)
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if it meets the objective of the categories

Project Details

Projects should provide water storage, improve water quality by acting as a natural filter, reduce flooding, reduce erosion, replenish groundwater, and/or enhance wildlife habitat.

Applicants must receive all required permits prior to commencing the project and must conform to applicable Legislation, Policies and Plans (e.g. the Conservation Authorities Act, Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan, Ontario Regulation 179/06, LSRCA's Watershed Development Guidelines etc.).

Projects will not negatively impact local drainage or neighbouring properties and may require hydrological and/or hydrogeological studies.

On-line wetlands are not eligible.

What costs are covered?

  • Permits
  • Native plants
  • Engineering or consulting fees
  • Materials and labour associated with the approved project

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Non-native and invasive plants
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business 
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance

Grassland Restoration and Enhancement

Objective
Creating or restoring natural grassland habitat where appropriate by planting native plant species. Projects will improve biodiversity, protect species of special concern and enhance wildlife habitat.


Eligible Projects

  • Property size must be a minimum of one acre
  • Priority will be given to projects that are within an identified priority natural heritage area
  • Meadows, prairies, and savannas
  • All species being planted must be native
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if it meets the objective of the category

Project Details

Projects must not negatively impact existing natural, critical habitat or species at risk.

Applicants must apply for and receive all necessary permits; this includes all associated approvals for a prescribed burn.

Project must be a minimum cost of $500 before tax.
 

What costs are covered?

  • Permits
  • Native seeds and/or plants
  • Materials, labour and equipment associated with the approved project
  • Professional fees associated with site inventory, design and maintenance plans
  • Site preparation such as tilling, mowing  and/or prescribed burning

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Any projects associated with non-native and invasive species
  • Enhancements for recreational use, or aesthetic purposes
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance

How can you get started?

The process is simple. Identify a project of interest and contact our Stewardship experts to book a free, no obligation site visit to review your project and begin the application process. 

Not sure what type of project you're interested in? Our Stewardship Technicians can visit your property to identify opportunities that will help you enhance your property.