Natural Areas Conservation Program

This year, we are celebrating 10 years of success under the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) — a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the rate of private land conservation and protect important natural habitat across southern Canada.

Since its launch in 2007, the program has:

  • conserved more than 1 million acres (430,000 hectares) and raised over $580 million in matched funding from non-federal sources, leveraging a Government of Canada investment of $300 million, to date;
  • protected habitat for 28 per cent of COSEWIC-assessed species at risk;
  • protected natural areas within reach of more than 29 million Canadians; and
  • created natural connections: more than half the projects are within 25 kilometres of federally protected areas, and 81 per cent of NACP-conserved properties are within two kilometres of other protected areas.

The Natural Areas Conservation Program works with partners, including Ducks Unlimited Canada and local land trusts, to deliver results that contribute towards Canada’s conservation goals, including species at risk protection. It is also protecting those natural areas that help communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The program encourages community conservation, supporting the efforts of local donors to protect and care for the places they cherish — the lands that sustain prosperous communities.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is grateful to the many land donors and others who are helping us to leverage the government investment by 2:1, to maximize our conservation impact.

Looking ahead, we see opportunity for the program to do more. We want to continue to grow the NACP to:

  • accelerate priority conservation;
  • support the establishment and expansion of publicly protected areas, by working with industry to remove roadblocks, such as mineral rights;
  • seek new partnerships with Indigenous communities to collaborate on innovative conservation mechanisms; and
  • assist local land trusts to increase capacity.

Results achieved under the Natural areas conservation program, by province

Hectares secured and species at risk (SAR) identified on NCC properties as of March 31, 2017.*

*As the NACP program year end is March 31, this reporting does not include achievements from April 1, 2017, to May 31, 2017.

Province Total area protected, in hectares, since the onset of the program # of COSEWIC-assessed* species** at risk that occur on these lands
British Columbia 227,000 48
Alberta 36,400 32
Saskatchewan 18,000 24
Manitoba 15,000 31
Ontario 24,000 92
Quebec 25,000 40
New Brunswick 4,000 15
Prince Edward Island 630 6
Nova Scotia 7,000 21
Newfoundland and Labrador 2,200 10

Total number of COSEWIC-assessed* species** at risk that occur on these lands: 198

* 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 all NCC lands acquired under the NACP program, including direct securement, conservation agreements and funding contributions.