Program Funders

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:

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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.

Foundational Partners

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)

Balance Ecological

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

Vancouver Foundation

BC Real Estate Foundation

Windermere District Farmers’ Institute