Federal Program Partnership

The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led and managed by NCC.

An additional $100 million of funding for the program was announced for NCC to continue this program for another five years.

The new funding commitment brings the total contribution by the Government of Canada to $345 million. We have matched the federal government’s contributions to drive nearly $700 million in conservation action to date, thanks to donations from individuals, corporations, other governments and more.


The NACP complements Canada’s network of national parks and protected areas.

Under the program, priority is given to:

  • land that is nationally or provincially significant
  • land that conserves habitat for species at risk
  • land that enhances the connections between existing protected areas, such as national parks

Some of the key conservation acquisitions made possible this year through this funding include:

  • Napier Lake Ranch in British Columbia
  • The Busenius property in Alberta
  • Stark Coulee in Saskatchewan
  • Blue Wing in Manitoba
  • Malbaie River property in Quebec
  • Miscou Harbour in New Brunswick
  • Thomas Island in Prince Edward Island
  • The Salmonier River site in Newfoundland and Labrador

The NACP also connects with Canadians in a variety of ways:

  • Many lands under the NACP remain accessible for traditional and recreational land uses, including hiking and bird watching.
  • 82 percent of Canadians live within 100 kilometres of projects secured under the NACP.
  • NCC partners with ranchers on working landscapes to keep lands productive while enhancing their conservation values.

The Government of Canada’s partnership with NCC through the Natural Areas Conservation Program has helped to accelerate the pace of private land conservation across southern Canada. By delivering results on the ground and working with partners, NCC and its partners are building a natural legacy for Canadians.

We thank the Government of Canada for its continued commitment to this Canadian success story.

Alan Vernon

Results achieved under the Natural Areas Conservation Program by province.

Province Total area protected, in hectares, between 2007 and May 2015 # of COSEWIC-assessed species that occur on these lands
British Columbia 222,062 45
Alberta 44,081 30
Saskatchewan 47,126 21
Manitoba 21,708 28
Ontario 24,163 110
Quebec 26,428 38
New Brunswick 3,003 9
Prince Edward Island 528 4
Nova Scotia 6,551 18
Newfoundland & Labrador 2,355 5