Greenlands Securement offers a range of opportunities for landowners to protect, preserve and enhance key natural heritage features and areas on their properties - from stewardship activities to donating or selling portions of their property to conservation agencies. Here are some programs available to landowners in Peel:
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) in co-operation with the Region of Peel offer Tree Planting Services that pay for 75 per cent of tree planting costs for private land owners.
Beginning this spring, the CVC Tree Planting Service will provide substantial new funding to significantly reduce the cost of eligible projects for landowners, who want to:
- Increase forest cover, reduce greenhouse gases and combat climate change.
- Improve the quality of the natural environment on their property and Peel Region.
- Attract more wildlife and increase wildlife habitat.
- Improve water quality in their streams and ponds.
- Help protect groundwater supplies.
To qualify for the program, landowners must own at least 2 acres of land and meet specific eligibility requirements
For more information contact Zoltan Kovacs, RPF, Credit Valley Conservation Forester, 905-702-5201 or Brian Boyd, Credit Valley Conservation Restoration Project Coordinator, 905-702-8041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) offers a Private Land Tree Planting Program that aims to restore and improve property through the planting of trees, shrubs and seedlings. With over 30 years of planting and forest management experience, TRCA's professionally-trained staff provides planting services and hardy native plant materials to promote ecosystem regeneration. To promote private land reforestation and stewardship, TRCA offers a variety of services and materials to eligible landowners.
For more information, contact Tom Hildebrand, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Forester 416 661-6600 ext 5379; Mary Jane Moroz, TRCA Reforestation Technician ext. 5649;
email email@example.com or visit the TRCA Website.
Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources offers a property tax incentive program called the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), which is a voluntary program available to landowners who own four hectares or more of forest land, and who agree to prepare and follow a Managed Forest Plan for their property.
For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website or contact:
Ministry of Natural Resources
Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources also offers a property tax incentive program for landowners whose properties contain provincially significant natural heritage features or areas. To be eligible for the Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program (CLTIP) your land must include at least one of the following:
- Provincially significant wetland (PSW);
- Provincially significant area of natural and scientific interest (ANSI);
- Habitat of endangered species;
- Land designated as escarpment natural area in the Niagara Escarpment Plan.
For more information, contact:
Ministry of Natural Resources
Environment Canada offers an income tax incentive program for landowners who wish to donate their land or a conservation easement to a conservation body. The Ecological Gifts Program enables owners of property with sensitive natural features to preserve wildlife habitat. Ecogifts may include lands that:
- Are identified, designated or protected for environmental conservation;
- Are locally important natural areas;
- Are close to environmentally significant properties;
- Buffer environmentally sensitive areas such as water bodies, streams or wetlands; or
- Support the conservation of biodiversity or Canada's environmental heritage.
In many scenarios the landowner can continue to hold title and/or live on the land.
For more information, contact:
el: 416 -739-4362
Water Resources Stewardship
The Region of Peel, in partnership with CVC and TRCA, has developed the Peel Rural Water Quality Program (PRWQP) to support agricultural landowners as they try to make a better connection between agriculture, rural land use and the environment. This program was developed with input from local farmers and residents of Peel, as well as representatives from the Peel Federation of Agriculture and the Peel Soil and Crop Improvement Association. It provides technical and financial resources to qualified rural landowners to continue their efforts as environmental stewards
Landowner Outreach and Education Pilot Project
The Landowner Outreach, Conservation Easements and Land Donations Pilot Project aims to increase greenlands securement activity in strategically targeted areas of Peel Region through landowner education, land donations and conservation easements. The development of such projects will assist the Conservation Authorities to expand its greenlands securement efforts.
By focusing on landowner education, land donations and conservation easements, the project will aim to demonstrate an effective and affordable way to develop a strategic approach to secure greenlands. To achieve this goal, the Region has hired OrLand Conservation as a part-time and independent landowner outreach co-ordinator to work at arm’s length of the Region and its partners and to undertake the following tasks:
- Work closely with staff from the Region of Peel, CVC, TRCA, the City of Brampton, the Town of Caledon, the City of Mississauga and other partners to establish priority needs and co-ordinate efforts;
- Engage, inform and work with landowners and community groups on greenlands securement initiatives, such as stewardship and acquisition through land donations and easements; and
- Initiate potential land donation/conservation easement projects and bring them to the attention of Regional staff and its partners for discussion and further direction.
The landowner outreach co-ordinator is currently contacting landowners throughout Peel whose properties contain key natural heritage features, areas and values and is offering those landowners information on how they can participate in greenlands securement efforts, some of which offer tax benefits.
Deciding how to protect the natural features of land is unique and personal. Some landowners want to protect the natural heritage values of their land for future generations; some may see conservation as a way to resolve property or potential income tax challenges; while others may view it as a way of sorting out future uses of a property now shared by members of an expanding family or community group. The following provides a few examples of ways to link conservation choices with financial benefits:
- Donation: Gifts of land will remain in public or private trust and be protected forever. The simplest option is donating land to a conservation organization. Most organizations are pleased to provide appropriate recognition of a gift through naming, signage or by others means in accordance with the landowner’s wishes.
- Life Interest: Even if residing on the land, or wish to still use it in some way, landowners may donate property and keep a life interest while the conservation organization serves as stewards. This agreement is for the lifetime of the donor or a specified term.
- Partial-taking: Part of a property can be severed and donated for conservation purposes. This option can be attractive for landowners since it allows for the establishment of a nature preserve around the home, which will be professionally managed and protected in perpetuity.
- Bequest: Landowners can name a conservation organization as a primary or secondary beneficiary in a Will. Consultation with a conservation partner to ensure that goals can be met and a copy of a Will or pertinent page thereof is beneficial. Most will be happy to assist drafting terminology suitable to meet the needs of everyone involved.
- Conservation Easement: Legal agreements when a landowner voluntarily restricts activities on the property or over a designated protected area. The agreement runs on title and is tailored to fit a landowner’s particular interests, and the natural features to be protected so that all future owners are bound by specified restrictions. A conservation easement provides flexibility of a landowner retaining ownership and use of land while protecting specific natural features.
It is recommended that landowners discuss any options that are of interest with family members, a lawyer, accountant and/or financial advisor.
Leaving a Legacy
If you are interested in learning more about how you can leave a permanent natural heritage legacy through acquisition tools, such as a land donation or conservation easements, contact your watershed conservation authority:
Credit Valley Conservation:
Conservation Lands Planner
Lands and Stewardship
Credit Valley Conservation
1255 Old Derry Rd.
Mississauga, ON L5N 6R4
Tel: 905-670-1615, ext. 224 or 1-800-668-5557
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority:
Senior Manager, Acquisitions and Sales
Conservation Lands and Property Services
5 Shoreham Dr.
Downsview, ON M3N 1S4
Tel: 416-661-6600, ext. 5223
If you live on the Oak Ridges Moraine you also have the option to contact the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to learn about permanently protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust
Chief Land Securement Officer
13990 Dufferin St. N.,
King City, ON L7B 1B3
If you live on the Niagara Escarpment you also have the option of contacting the Bruce Trail Conservancy to learn about permanently protecting a conservation corridor, which will include the Bruce Trail.
Bruce Trail Conservancy
Director of Land Securement
P.O. Box 857
Hamilton, ON L8N 4N9
The Region is open to building additional partnerships with other conservation agencies and community groups to strengthen the Region’s greenlands securement efforts.
If you are a member of a conservation agency or community group and would like to get involved in the Region’s Greenlands Securement Program or if you are looking for more information about greenlands securement, please contact:
Janet Wong, MCIP
Integrated Planning Division
10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, 6th Fl.
Brampton, ON L6T 3B9
Tel: 905-791-7800 ext. 4083