The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) allocates funds to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats and help to preserve biodiversity as a whole. These funds promote the participation of local communities to help with the recovery of species at risk and preventing other species from becoming a conservation concern.
Funding under the HSP is separated into two distinct streams:
- The HSP Species at Risk (SAR) Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA); and
- The HSP Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern.
The HSP is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada and managed cooperatively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency.
The next annual call for proposals for 2018-19 will take place in the fall 2017.