Sustaining agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians—one acre at a time

ALUS Canada makes it possible to offset your environmental footprint through agricultural stewardship. ALUS invests in farmers and ranchers who are producing acres of clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services in communities across Canada.

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See ALUS on the Ground

Active in six provinces to date, the ALUS program links Canada’s natural heritage across agricultural lands. With funding from a variety of sources, ALUS will continue to grow and establish new communities across Canada. Click on any province for more detail.

Beyond conservation to production

Beyond conservation to production

New Acre Project is the next generation of Canadian conservation. Our proven model produces cleaner water, cleaner air and an ecosystem for wildlife habitat.
Incorporate the New Acre into your corporate sponsorshop portfolio today!

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Return on your investment

Return on your investment

New AcreTM Project promises your corporation a simple and transparent return on your investment.

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Creating shared value

Creating shared value

With New AcreTM Project, you can help rebuild nature, one acre at a time.

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Community leadership

Community leadership

New AcreTM Project provides unique opportunities for your company to deepen its community ties.

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Latest ALUS News

Vanden Bussche Irrigation & Equipment sponsors New Acre™ Project

Vanden Bussche Irrigation & Equipment is a fourth-generation, family-run, international, full-service irrigation business that now joins TD Bank Group as one of the first sponsors of ALUS Canada’s New AcreTM Project.

ALUS Canada announces new funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta

PRESS RELEASE | Calgary, Alberta, March 25, 2020 | ALUS Canada’s Western Hub to benefit from nearly $450,000 in new funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta (Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change program)

ALUS making waves in the Lake Winnipeg Basin

Thanks to funding from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, ALUS is putting beneficial projects on the ground in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and bringing the community out to see them.

Nearly $1M in federal funding for aquatic SAR in ALUS Prairie Hub

PRESS RELEASE | Regina, Saskatchewan, March 20, 2020 | ALUS Canada announces nearly $1M in new federal funding for aquatic species at risk in the Prairies

ALUS Mountain View Celebrates its Five-Year Anniversary

The ALUS Mountain View program marked its five-year milestone in 2020 with a very successful community-wide celebration at Mayfair Cinema on February 29, 2020.

Call for Nominations: Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award 2020 – ALUS Canada

ALUS Canada is currently accepting nominations for the biennial Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award 2020, recognizing excellence and innovation in scientific research, monitoring or verification of ecosystem services on working farmlands. Deadline April 17, 2020.

Call for Nominations: 2020 ALUS Innovation Awards

Call for Nominations: ALUS Canada is currently accepting nominations for the annual Dave Reid Award, recognizing innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Canadian farms and ranches. Deadline April 17, 2020.

A Match Made in Manitoba

ALUS LSR participants Gord and Marg Hammell partnered with both ALUS and the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation to enhance nature on their farmland, a great representation of ALUS Canada’s integrated approach to land stewardship.

Thinking About Future Generations

How ALUS helps Quebec farmer Oliver Martin ensure his land produces habitat for turtles, fish, frogs, pollinators, birds and other wildlife, while also benefitting his family and communities downstream for generations to come.

From Pioneering Participants to Repeat Customers

Meet Charlie and Theresa Maltais, ALUS Brazeau’s original participants, who have devoted 50+ acres to the production of cleaner water in Alberta’s Modeste subwatershed.

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A Weston Family Initiative

“We believe strongly in the ALUS model, which delivers ecological outcomes while engaging local communities.” Tamara Rebanks, Director, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

ALUS Canada is a Weston Family Initiative. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation’s generous and long-standing commitment to ALUS Canada has played a critical role in growing ALUS into a truly national not-for-profit organization, one that is rapidly expanding into many new communities across the country.

photo: W. Garfield Weston by Yousuf Karsh, ca. 1943

ALUS Supporters

Generous funding from public and private sources enables ALUS to put green infrastructure projects on the agricultural landscape. Our supporters help create pollinator hedgerows in Ontario, shelterbelts in Alberta, wetlands in the Prairies, wildlife habitat in Quebec, clean streams in PEI, and much more across Canada.

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ALUS in Action

ALUS projects establish pollinator habitat, improve wetlands, protect waterways, plant trees and shrubs, and much more.

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ALUS Canada by the Numbers

Snapshot of ALUS Canada’s stats from the end of 2015 fiscal year.

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Ecosystem Services

Through ALUS, Canadians can fund acres of wildlife habitat, carbon capture, clean air, clean water, pollinator meadows, and more.

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ALUS Farmers & Ranchers

As the largest single group of landowners in Canada, agricultural producers are in a unique position to provide solutions to some of the most pressing conservation challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss. ALUS participants actively produce ecosystem services on the working landscape, to benefit the wider community.

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Foundational Partner

ALUS Canada proudly recognizes Delta Waterfowl as a Foundational Partner. Delta was instrumental in launching the first-ever ALUS pilot project, which took place in Blanshard, Manitoba, from 2006 to 2009, and the second ALUS pilot, in Norfolk, Ontario, which remains the longest continually running ALUS program in Canada. Delta also co-wrote the “ALUS bible,” which laid out the original principles of the program. In 2016, ALUS left the Delta nest, becoming ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative.