Monarch Conservation Toolbox

Incentive Programs

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR)

Environnement et Changement climatique Canada



Land Use / Land Cover
Catégories multiples

Agency Type

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
Espèces en péril

Publication Type
Website/web hub

Original Language
English, French

Years of Implementation

The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk, established in 2004 and administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada, provides direct financial payments for species identified under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA), as well as species not listed under SARA but at risk of conservation concern. As with the Habitat Stewardship Program, two project categories with different funding allocations are available and include the Species at Risk (SAR) Stream (for Schedule 1 species under SARA) and the Prevention Stream. Aboriginal groups may apply for projects that take place on land set aside for, directly controlled by, or used for traditional activities by Aboriginal people. Agricultural lands are one possible component of these lands. Funding can range from C$10,000 to C$50,000, annually. Multi-year projects are allowed, and 20% match is required from non-federal sources (ECCC 2015). The monarch is designated as Special Concern Schedule 1 under SARA, and a final management plan was released in 2016, in Management Plan for the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) in Canada. This plan identified several broad strategies to meet the plan’s objectives, including “Conserve current Monarch staging habitat in Canada, and promote the enhancement of staging areas that are essential to successful migrations” (Environment Canada 2014).

Under the 2015/2016 SAR stream, the list of priorities included recovery actions for monarchs, and 7 projects funded during this period will benefit pollinators, including monarchs. Under the 2016/2017 SAR stream, implementation of priority actions for SAR species is considered a priority, including projects related to the “recovery of SAR and threats to SAR included as part of an international agreement” (ECCC 2015; Leck 2016).

  • Environment Canada. 2014. Management Plan for the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) in Canada [Proposed]. Species at Risk Act Management Plan Series. Environment Canada, Ottawa. iv + 39 pp.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). 2015. Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk.
  • Victoria Leck (2016). Canadian Wildlife Service, Consultation Biologist. Personal communication.

Amount of the Incentive
C$10,000 to C$50,000 annually. Minimum 20% match required from nonfederal sources.

Related Institutional Objectives or Targets
Loi sur les espèces en péril

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