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Overall Purpose of the NSCP Program:

To encourage the implementation of appropriate soil resource management practices to maximize societal benefits and sustain the long-term productivity of the soil within practical economic limits and according to the soil's capability. Economic diversification was enhanced, where applicable, within the context of soil conservation activities.

In Ontario, the NSCP had several components. The Permanent Cover Component was developed to assist in the implementation of on-farm conservation measures by providing financial incentives for farmers to retire sensitive land. The "Awareness" Program fulfilled a much needed educational aspect. The Research and Monitoring Program provided a much needed feedback on the results of current practices and developmental methodologies to provide new ones.


This program was a national program resulting from an increased awareness of the necessity of a coordinated approach from all levels of government to coordinate activities pertaining to soil conservation.

This process resulted in an overall national review and consultations with provincial governments and farm organizations that was coordinated by the P.F.R.A. (Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration) Programs were outlined on a provincial basis according to individual requirements.


CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS - Canada- Ontario Agreements (3)

A Treasury Board submission was accepted on September 15, 1988 and amended on August 23, 1989.

The Canada-Ontario Accord on Soil and Water Conservation was signed on October 12, 1989. This Accord was designed to act as an "umbrella" accord that would cover any type of soil and water activities jointly sponsored by Agriculture Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Funds expended by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food under the Land Stewardship Program prior to the signature of the Agreement were accepted as matching funds.

The Canada-Ontario Agreement on Soil Conservation was signed on April 9, 1990.

An implementation (contribution) agreement [pdf] was subsequently negotiated for the on-farm Permanent Cover Program with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and signed on August 17, 1990.

The Canada/Ontario Environmental Sustainability Accord (COESA) was signed on October 27, 1992. The COESA Accord Committee assumed the responsibilities of Canada-Ontario Accord on Soil and Water Conservation Management Committee. The Implementation Committee reported to these Management Committees as required.

View/Download Final NSCP Report - [274 KB pdf] (includes NSCP Agreements)



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