The Ontario relaunch of ALUS Canada, a Weston Family Initiative, was held at Springview Farm in Waterford, Ontario, on August 24, 2016.
ALUS came to eastern Ontario in 2012. Today, Ontario East ALUS Inc. operates within the watersheds of the Raisin Region and South Nation Conservation Authorities, covering the geographic region of Eastern Ontario, between Ottawa and the Quebec border, and south-west to Maitland.
The program is overseen by a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of voting members (farmers) and advisory members (agency and NGO staff). Currently, there are seven local farmers, comprising the voting members of the PAC, and seven non-voting members who provide advice and guidance.
ALUS Ontario East focuses on retiring marginal, inefficient and fragile farmland, and converting it into natural areas, such as pollinator habitat, hedgerows, wetlands, buffer zones, native meadows, reforested areas and wildlife habitat, complete with nest boxes for birds, bats and bees.
To be eligible, landowners must have a valid Farm Business Registration Number, and should be comfortable serving as a spokesperson for ALUS Canada, willing and available to host demonstration tours on their farms.
News & Events in Ontario East
ALUS Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation announce $5M grant to launch a groundbreaking environmental initiative now known as ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, along with its New Acre™ Project.
Ontario East Alternative Land Use Services Inc. is hosting its first Environmental Stewardship Tour September 2nd, 2015.
The Alternative Land Use Services program was one of nine Ontario entities to earn the 2013 Minister’s Award for Environment Excellence in January.
Raison Region Conservation Authority
South Nations Conservation
SD&G Stewardship Council/Certified Forest Owners
St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Wildlife Foundation
Land Stewardship Habitat Rehabilitation Program (OMNR)