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:

Resilient Agricultural Landscapes Program

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Government of Canada through the Resilient Agricultural Landscapes Program (RALP) under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a 3.5-billion, 5-year agreement between the federal, provincial, and territorial governments.

Support from RALP will further the adoption of beneficial management practices such as targeted grazing to control invasive plants, wetland restoration, riparian buffers to control erosion, and more.

BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund

Farmland Advantage has received financial support through the BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF), which is funded by the Government of Canada through Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and British Columbia through the Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship.

BCSRIF supports protection and restoration activities for Pacific salmon and other priority wild fish stocks. BCSRIF also supports projects that will ensure the fish and seafood sector in BC is positioned for long-term environmental and economic sustainability.

Environment and Climate Change Canada: Priority Places

Farmland Advantage has received the financial support of the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Support from ECCC is focused on habitat enhancement and conservation on farmland for the benefits of species at risk.

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. This funding will support enhancement of ecosystem services on agricultural lands to restore and maintain sensitive watershed riparian and wetland ecosystems in BC.

BC Ministry of Forests

Farmland Advantage gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests. Support from the Ministry of Forests is focused on reducing wildfire risk and increasing community resiliency to wildfires across British Columbia.

BC Ministry of Water, Land, and Resource Stewardship

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship (WLRS) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Support from WLRS and ECCC is focused on protecting and conserving the habitat of species and ecosystems at risk on private land and projects that store and sequester carbon.

Foundational Partners

IAF would 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