Prairie Watersheds Climate Program (PWCP)

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Applications are not publicly available. Applicants will work directly with their local PWCP coordinator to complete and submit their applications. 


The Prairie Watersheds Climate Program (PWCP) works with producers to increase the implementation of select Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) on farms in Saskatchewan and Manitoba to address issues related to climate change in agriculture. 

The BMPs eligible under the PWCP focus on three categories:

Click on one of the buttons to learn more about BMPs covered through the program, eligibility requirements, and more!

 


The Prairie Watersheds Climate Program Approach

  • PWCP takes a grassroots, regional approach to address issues related to climate change in agriculture and supports producers in implementing BMPs that have a positive impact on Canadian agriculture.
  • 85 percent of funding goes towards the adoption of BMPs and BMP education/awareness activities for agricultural producers, who are the Ultimate Recipients of the program.
  • Ultimate recipients (farmers and ranchers) can seek registration and offset credits under voluntary offset credit programs for GHG emissions reductions generated with the support of the Prairie Watersheds Climate Program. The ability of ultimate recipients to participate in these markets will be subject to eligibility requirements set up by voluntary offset programs.
  • Ultimate recipients (farmers) cannot apply to any regulatory carbon offset program for the GHG emissions reductions generated between the Project Eligibility Date (“February 7, 2022 “) and the Project Completion Date (“March 31, 2024“) including those dates.
    • GHG Emission Reduction Credits restrictions for Ultimate Recipients only apply to the fiscal year(s) in which the Ultimate Recipient receives funding.
  • All payments made to Ultimate Recipients for BMP adoption in the areas of nitrogen
    management, cover cropping, and rotational grazing are to be considered “farm support payments” as per subsection 234(2) of the Income Tax Act R.S.C 1985. As such all payments to farmers are to be considered income for the farm business and are subject to Income Tax.
  • Manitoba Association of Watersheds (MAW) will be preparing and submitting annually to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) AGR-1 forms for each PWCP payment to Ultimate Recipients.

Important Program Points to Note

  •  An activity can only be funded once on the same parcel of land through OFCAF funding.
  • An Ultimate Recipient who participates in any of the eligible BMP activities in the 2022-2023 program year can apply for the same eligible activities on the same land for the 2023-2024 program year.
  • Landlords and tenants both cannot apply for funding on the same piece of land.
  • Producers are eligible for a maximum of $75,000 of OFCAF funding, including all eligible activities across all BMPs for the project period to accelerate their adoption and implementation of on-farm beneficial management practices (BMPs) to reduce GHG emissions, support production efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency on their farm operations.
  • To assist producers with their adoption of all three BMPs, PWCP will offer producers resources to support BMP implementation.

PWCP Information Webinar – August 25, 2022

Learn more about funding opportunities through the PWCP BMPs: Nitrogen Management, Cover Cropping, and Rotational Grazing. Prairie Watershed Climate Program (PWCP) led by the Manitoba Association of Watersheds and supported by Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds and Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association hosted a webinar for crop advisors, agronomists, agrologists, farmers and producers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan on the PWCP BMPs and Project details.

Webinar date: Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 2:00 PM CDT (Manitoba time) and 1:00 PM CST (Saskatchewan time). Check out the webinar recording below.


Important Links

Manitoba Association of Watersheds

Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists Search  

Prairie Certified Crop Advisor Search 

Funding for this program has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund.