Natural Areas Conservation Program

NCC completed the 11th year of our partnership with the Government of Canada, the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP). The NACP is a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the rate of private land conservation and to protect important natural habitat across southern Canada.

Since its launch in 2007, the program has:

  • conserved more than 1.1 million acres (more than 446,000 hectares) and raised over $646 million in matched funding from non-federal sources, leveraging a Government of Canada investment of $322.5 million;
  • protected habitat for 28 per cent of COSEWIC- assessed species at risk;
  • protected natural areas within 100 kilometres of 93 per cent of Canadians;
  • created natural connections: more than half the projects are within 25 kilometres of federally protected areas, and 79 per cent of NACP-conserved properties are within two kilometres of other protected areas;
  • connected more Canadians than ever before with our country’s rich natural habitats and species.

The Natural Areas Conservation Program allows partners, including Ducks Unlimited Canada and 43 local land trusts across Canada, to expand existing networks of protected areas and create new ones. Additional program funds have also assisted land trusts to develop and enhance their capacity, and improve compliance with the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices.

With funds from the NACP, NCC and our partners contribute towards Canada’s conservation goals, including species at risk protection. The program also protects those natural areas that help communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The partnership encourages community conservation, and supports the efforts of local donors to protect and care for the places they cherish – the lands that sustain prosperous communities.

NCC is grateful to the many land donors and others who are helping us to leverage the government investment 2:1, to maximize our conservation impact.

Results achieved under the Natural Areas Conservation Program, by province

Hectares secured and species at risk (SAR) as of March 31, 2018.*

*As the NACP program year end is March 31, this reporting does not include achievements from April 1, 2018, to May 31, 2018.

Province Total area protected, in hectares, since the onset of the program # of COSEWIC-assessed* species** at risk that occur on NCC’s portion of these lands
British Columbia 229,000 57
Alberta 50,500 34
Saskatchewan 58,500 36
Manitoba 26,000 32
Ontario 31,500 100
Quebec 32,500 45
New Brunswick 5,200 17
Prince Edward Island 800 6
Nova Scotia 8,000 22
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,500 7

Total number of COSEWIC-assessed* species** at risk (SAR) that occur on these lands: 210.

* endangered, threatened and special concern
** species, sub species, populations

A note about these numbers:

  • includes COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife)-assessed taxa but not SARA-listed (Species at Risk Act-listed) taxa;
  • includes endangered, threatened and special concern ranks (excludes extirpated and extinct);
  • includes SAR on only the NCC portion of lands acquired under the NACP, including direct securement, conservation agreements and funding contributions.