Participate in ALUS

How can farmers and ranchers get involved with the ALUS program?

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ALUS is farmer-delivered.

As the largest single group of landowners in Canada, agricultural producers are in a unique position to provide important solutions to some of the most pressing conservation challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss. 

The ALUS program provides a mechanism for helping farmers and ranchers give nature a boost on their land. 

Being an ALUS participant means establishing and maintaining environmental projects on select areas of your land, focusing on marginal, or environmentally sensitive parcels.

ALUS projects may involve wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, pollinator habitat, eco-buffers, forage conversions, protecting riparian buffers from cattle with fencing and offsite watering systems, and many other options.

All these types of ALUS projects will actively produce cleaner air, cleaner water, flood prevention, wildlife and pollinator habitat, and other types of ecosystem services, all of which are a great benefit to your community.  

The ALUS program is a way for the community to help farmers and ranchers do this important work.

ALUS will help you plan the projects, organize the work, and share the establishment costs. ALUS will also provide an annual payment, over a certain contract term, to recognize the value of your time as you maintain and manage your projects, to continually produce ecosystem services for the community.

To be eligible, ALUS participants must have agricultural land that is actively being farmed. This is usually indicated by a Farm Business Registration Number. Local eligibility requirements may vary. 

ALUS Canada is the national charity that partners with community organizations across Canada to deliver the ALUS program in local communities. ALUS Canada provides a robust core program that is flexible enough to meet local environmental priorities, as determined by a local committee (PAC) made up of farmers, ranchers, environmental specialists and local leaders.

ALUS is currently being delivered in a number of communities across Canada with the goal of being adopted more broadly in future years. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Interested in putting an ALUS project on your land?

Step 1. Check if there is an ALUS program in your region: Search for your closest ALUS community on the ALUS Canada map. 

Step 2. Contact your local ALUS Program Coordinator: If there is an ALUS program in your area, please contact the local program coordinator for detailed information, such as eligibility requirements. Contact information is posted on each ALUS community’s webpage. 

If there is no ALUS program in your community, please contact the appropriate Hub Manager to express your interest. ALUS Canada has an Eastern Hub, a Prairie Hub and a Western Hub. The Hub Managers’ contact information is available on our Contact Us page. They can keep your contact information on file and inform you if we start up an ALUS program in your community.

Step 3. What to Expect  

  • After you contact your ALUS Program Coordinator, they will ask you to fill out an Expression of Interest form, including basic contact information and what type of work you are interested in doing on your land.
  • You will be contacted by your ALUS Program Coordinator to discuss eligibility rules, the ALUS process, and specific questions about your farm.
  • Your Program Coordinator will work closely with you to develop a project proposal that meets your goals and suits your farm operation.
  • All project proposals are reviewed by your ALUS community’s Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC), made up of local farmers, ranchers, environmental specialists and local leaders.

Thanks for your interest in ALUS!