Water: On-Farm Water Supply Stream

By mmuise

The Water Program supports agricultural water management by helping primary producers adopt agriculture water better management practices and priority actions. This supports better management of risks to water quality and supplies, adaptation to climate variability and the efficient use of water resources.
The program has two streams (On-Farm Irrigation Stream and On-Farm Water Supply Stream) and applicants may apply to one or both of them.

The On-Farm Water Supply Stream provides:
a) standard incentives for new or expanded water source developments: wells. dugouts, spring developments, tie-in to a multi-user water supply pipeline, dams, water source for crop irrigation, cisterns, unshared water pipelines, off-source watering systems.
b) special incentives: well decommissioning, well pit conversions, wetland assessments.

Comments on Funding:

1. If all of the project maximums are reached, there is an On-Farm Water Supply Stream maximum of $35,000 per applicant for the period April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2028.
2. Cost shares:
- Standard incentive projects: up to 25% for eligible expenses;
- Special incentives (project specific) – varied.

Deadline: Accepting applications: April 3, 2023

The applicant must be a primary producer operating in Alberta that:

  • is responsible for input costs or agricultural crops or livestock producing at least $25,000 worth of farm commodities annually, but does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land;
  • is liable to pay Alberta income tax or corporate tax (or claim losses) on income from the production of farm commodities under the Income Tax Act (Canada) or the Alberta Corporate Tax Act.
  • Indigenous Applicants may contact program staff at farmwatersupply@gov.ab.ca.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


Other Things to Note:

1. To support continued innovation, growth and prosperity, the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) has launched its programs. This 5‐year (2023-2028), $3.5 billion investment includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities by federal-provincial-territorial governments.
2. Sustainable CAP program to start accepting applications April 3, 2023.

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