Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses

The Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses equine stewardship program addresses specific challenges and opportunities facing the expanding equine community. The objectives of the program include:

- the engagement of the equine community in stewardship initiatives through outreach    education

- the expansion of the network of financial and technical assistance programs available to the    equine community.

The funding for events organized by this committee has been provided by. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association from the Nutrient Management BMP Demonstration Grant funding project.

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Healthy Lands for Healthy Horses Steering Committee Links

Centre for Land and Water Stewardship (University of Guelph)

Conservation Ontario Central

Lake Ontario Conservation

Credit Valley Conservation

Ganaraska Conservation

Grand River Conservation

Kawartha Conservation

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation

Toronto and Region Conservation

Equine Guelph

Ontario Trail Riders Association

Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association

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Ontario Equestrian

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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Events – Mark Your Calendar

  WHAT Stewardship of the Equine Environment
  WHERE Online
  WHAT Online Equine Courses
  WHEN details & next offerings
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  The Water's Edge Transformation Program (WET) available for Lake Simcoe area farmers (pdf)


Want to improve the natural buffers around water features on your land? Your local Conservation Authority can help.

Not sure which of the 36 Conservation Authorities you should contact?

Check out the provincial map and contact listing on: the Conservation Ontario website


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How to Obtain Funding

for Environmental Projects?


1. Attend an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Workshop and complete an assessment and action plan for your farm. For workshop dates, time and location contact your local Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) representative


2. Have your EFP approved by the local peer review committee


3. Confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria for the Canada-Ontario Farm Stewardship Program (COFSP). Contact your local OSCIA representative for an application and further direction. Your OSCIA representative may also be able to inform you of additional funding opportunities for your project.


If you do not meet the eligibility criteria because you do not possess a valid Farm Business Registration Number. Simply submit the following information along with your COFSP application:

• a copy of your property assessment notice from Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). This confirms that your property is classified as “Farm Taxable: Full”

• proof that you are an individual member in one of the three general farm organizations. Either (Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario or National Farmers Union-Ontario)


If your property is not currently classified as Farm Taxable you may be able to have the classification changed. Follow the procedure indicated below:

• Confirm that your property is zoned as agricultural or rural and that agricultural activities are permitted on your property.

• Submit a Request for Reconsideration to MPAC to have the classification of your property changed may also reduce property taxes). Contact MPAC 1 866 296-6722 for a further description of this procedure.

• If MPAC supports the reclassification of your property. The municipality will be notified by MPAC and the municipality will make the adjustment to your property assessment notice.

If you are not currently registered as an individual member in one of the three farm organizations. You may become so by contacting the general farm organization of your choice indicated below:

Ontario Federation of Agriculture: 1 800 668-3276

Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario: 519-837-1620

National Farmers Union: 306-652-9465

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Articles of Interest

UNCOVER THE HEALTH OF YOUR SOIL - EQUINE pastures are eligible! - For more information visit: - NEW
Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement On-Farm Climate Action Fund to Ontario Farmers
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Cost-share funding to support species at risk habitat on Ontario farmland in 2022

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• The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program is back for 2018
• Grassland Stewardship Program Returns for 2018
• OSCIA Media Release - Manure and Biosolids Management Program
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• Do I Need a Nutrient Management Strategy or Plan for my Equine Operation?
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• Environmental Stewardship: WELCOME TO HOP HILL STABLE
• What Do Healthy Horses and Healthy Fish Have in Common?
• New horse facility owners harness the power of partnerships
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