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LEADS – Riparian Buffer Strips


Maximum of $20,000


LEADS – Riparian Buffer Strips program was designed for producers farming alongside streams, drains, rivers, ponds, wetlands and/or lakes seeking to establish permanently vegetated buffer strips immediately adjacent to the riparian zones.

Eligible Applicants

Producers who:

  • Verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • Proposed project located within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds
  • Completed Farmland Health Check-Up, working with a participating certified crop advisor or professional agrologist
  • Provide a site sketch (hand-drawn or computer-generated) or AgMaps output showing the project location

Eligible Expenses

  • Site preparation
  • Seeding field margins within or adjacent to riparian areas that were cropped within the past two years to permanent vegetative cover
    • Buffer strips shall be a minimum of three metres in width from top of bank
  • Purchase and planting of native or non-invasive introduced species of trees, shrubs, grasses, legumes or wildflowers to stabilize riparian zones
    • Tree species and planting techniques should adhere to practices that would typically be advocated by a professional forester
    • Total eligible costs for tree purchase and planting is capped at $50 per tree
  • Tree guards
  • Mulch
  • Weed control systems
  • In-kind contributions

Deadline Date

  Please click the link indicated below for update.


Contact Name: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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