Farmland Advantage is an IAF Program. The vision and objective of the program are directed by IAF.
Funders contribute towards Farmland Advantage, and depending on the giving level, can choose to target their funds towards a specific ecosystem or initiative within the program. There are also opportunities for funders to create new initiatives within the program’s scope that reflect their organizational goals.
Following the success of a one-year pilot, IAF began officially administering and delivering the Farmland Advantage program in the Spring of 2021 with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Agri-Food Futures Fund, which was funded by the Governments of BC and Canada. The program is now funded by a variety of partners, including:
Government of British Columbia
Farmland Advantage has received support through the Healthy Watersheds Initiative, which is funded by the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and, in 2021/22, administered by the Real Estate Foundation of BC. In 2022/23 Farmland Advantage is continuing to receive support through the Healthy Watersheds Initiative directly from the provincial government.
The Healthy Watersheds Initiative creates jobs and bringing communities together to protect fresh water, restore salmon habitat, and adapt to climate change
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Farmland Advantage has received financial support from the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Support from Environment and Climate Change Canada is focused on habitat enhancement and conservation on farmland for the benefits of species at risk
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Farmland Advantage had received support from the BC Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), a $3 billion five-year (2018-2023), investment by federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.
Support from CAP is focused on advancing watershed security, including protecting drinking water for all, promoting healthy watershed ecosystems, and reducing water related risks such as flood and drought.
BC Wildfire Service
Farmland Advantage gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests.
Support from the BC Wildfire Service is focused on reducing wildfire risk and increasing community resiliency to wildfires across British Columbia.
Farmland Advantage would also like to acknowledge the groups and organizations that helped get the initial program off the ground and running since 2009. Without their assistance and vision, Farmland Advantage wouldn’t be a success today. They include:
Government of British Columbia
Government of Canada
BC Agricultural Research and Development Corporation (ARDCorp)
BC Agriculture Council
Columbia Basin Trust
Regional District of East Kootenays – Local Conservation Fund
Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition
Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation
Township of Langley
BC Real Estate Foundation
Windermere District Farmers’ Institute