Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks - Species at Risks Stewardship Program 2021-22


Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (OMECP)


Species at Risk Stewardship Program


As part of the government’s commitment in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to conserve the province’s rich biodiversity and promote environmental stewardship, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (“ministry”) provides annual funding through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program for species at risk protection and recovery projects that help species at risk and their habitat led by individuals, communities and groups across the province.

The objectives of the SARSP are: 

  • Improve the status of species at risk and their habitats by supporting stewardship and recovery actions.
  • Support stewardship and multi-partner approaches to species at risk protection and recovery.
  • Support outreach, youth employment opportunities and the provision of related tools and techniques to inspire and enable people to become involved in species at risk stewardship.
  • Address important needs and knowledge gaps related to the protection, recovery and management of species at risk and their habitats in Ontario by supporting scientific research.


Successful applicants must legal entities and may include:

  • academic institutions
  • business
  • conservation authorities
  • consulting companies
  • Indigenous communities/organizations
  • industry organizations
  • land owners and farmers
  • municipal and local governments
  • non-government organizations

OMECP will consider all stewardship or research activities that benefit species that are extirpated, endangered, threatened or special concern on the Species at Risk in Ontario list. Targeted funding priorities are set annually.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

For 2021–2022, the SARSP is accepting multi-year applications (spanning 1-3 years) that support stewardship initiatives and contribute to the protection and recovery of species at risk in Ontario. All project activities must begin no earlier than April 1, 2021, and finish no later than March 1, of the final year of the project.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Applications must be submitted through the Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) portal by 3:00pm (ET) on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Applicants will be required to create a ONe-key account in order to access TPON. Please sign up early; it may take up to 5 business days to be granted access. 

How to Apply

Review 2021-2022 SARSP Guidelines.

For Questions, please contact

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Kim Jaxa-Debicki, Species at Risk Stewardship Advisor

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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