NCC works to provide plants and animals the room they need to
Like so many of the trees that grow in forests we have helped
to protect, the roots of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
(NCC) are deep, and our reach is wide. We too grew from a
That seed was planted in 1962 by a small group of visionaries
who recognized the need to protect land that was rapidly being
lost to development. At that time, the science of ecology was
still emerging, but the lessons of this new science became the
foundation of NCC’s work. Since then, the young science has
matured, and we have grown with it.
NCC works to provide plants and animals the room they need to survive and thrive. We
have published more than a dozen Conservation Blueprints that map the places in
southern Canada where the diversity of nature is the greatest, where the threats are
most immediate and where we are able to achieve tangible results.
Simply setting aside land isn’t enough to protect the natural places we love. They may yet
vanish if we fail to address threats to our land and water. It is our responsibility to give
nature a helping hand, by maintaining the natural values for which the land has been
But we cannot do it alone. Our partners include communities, landowners, foundations,
corporations and individuals. Partnership is at the heart of every success NCC has
achieved and together our efforts have a powerful impact.
Despite having protected more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) to date, the
rate of development still outpaces the rate of conservation. The need to act has never
been more urgent, and our challenge has never been greater. Canada's natural areas are
part of our national identity and their conservation is a real and lasting expression of our
commitment to ensuring a legacy our children and grandchildren will inherit.
President & CEO
Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national
land conservation organization, working to protect our valuable natural
areas and the plants and animals they sustain.
We are a private, non-profit group that partners with individuals,
corporations, foundations, communities and governments to achieve the
direct protection of our most important natural treasures through
property securement and long-term stewardship of our portfolio of
Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.8
million acres (1.1 million hectares), coast to coast. By investing in
conservation we are ensuring our natural spaces remain a home for
wildlife, a haven for recreation and a vital resource that filters the air we
breathe and the water we drink. Our mission gives us hope that the
landscapes we love today will be here for others to enjoy tomorrow.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) vision is to protect areas of biological
diversity for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of future generations. We work
with individual landowners, community stakeholders, other conservation
organizations and partners to secure ecologically significant areas through
purchase, land donations and conservation easements.
NCC conservation projects span every region in Canada, from globally important
wetlands on the Atlantic coast and centuries-old forests in central Canada, to
endangered prairies and prime mountain wildlife habitats in the west.
In order to protect Canada’s most ecologically significant natural habitats, NCC will
lead, innovate and use creativity in the conservation of Canada’s natural heritage.
Regional and National: With more than 30 regional and community offices across
Canada, NCC is highly effective at developing local partnerships, raising funds and
implementing long-term conservation projects within the context of overall
Leading by example: more than 100 volunteers (respected scientists, community
leaders, business executives and other professionals) from coast to coast serve on
NCC's boards and committees to assist with setting priorities and raising funds.
NCC commits to the long-term care of natural areas under its care by ensuring a
high standard of conservation stewardship.
Identifying priorities: NCC has developed scientific methods and
expertise to ensure the long-term survival of Canada’s plants, animals
Acquiring land: NCC works with private landowners to secure
ecologically significant land that our conservation staff has identified as
priorities for the conservation of Canada’s biodiversity.
Caring for the future: Making sure that secured properties are well
managed and their values are protected is equally important to NCC.
We have helped to conserve more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) of
ecologically significant habitat across Canada since 1962. In 2013, NCC ended our
five-year Force for Nature campaign, which proved to be our largest and most
successful campaign ever. It raised more than $500 million and protected more
than 752,000 acres (304,000 hectares) of at-risk natural habitat across Canada,
home to more than 145 species at risk.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has been achieving
results you can walk on for more than 50 years, having helped secure more
than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) of ecologically
significant habitat across the country.
NCC works where the need is the greatest – in southern Canada, where most of
our population lives, sharing habitat with more than 85 percent of our terrestrial
and freshwater species at risk.
Our stewardship and science endowments now stand at $96.6 million, up from $83
million the previous year. It is vital that we ensure that we have sufficient resources
to guarantee the conservation values of our lands are protected in perpetuity.
In our most recent fiscal year, 2,650 volunteers made a commitment to nature
through NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program, contributing to more than 253
For the sixth year in a row, MoneySense magazine ranked us as Canada’s top
environmental charity for our fiscal responsibility, giving us a grade of A.
Where Your Donations Go:
Land & Programs (81%)
Philanthropy & Marketing (7%)
Communications, Education & Awareness (2%)
Number of species declared at risk in Canada by the Committee on the Status of
Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
Number of species at risk for which NCC has protected habitat.
Number of extirpated species (no longer found in the wild) in Canada (Source:
Number of extinct species (no longer found) in Canada (Source: COSEWIC)
Percentage of the world’s wetlands found in Canada (Source: Environment Canada)
Percentage of the world’s renewable freshwater resources found in Canada (Source:
Percentage of the world’s forests found in Canada (Source: Natural Resources
Land Securement Summary 2014-2015
Total Number of Properties
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland & Labrador
An investment in the work of NCC is an investment in Canada’s natural beauty and in future
generations. You can support NCC’s work in a variety of ways:
Publicly traded securities and mutual funds
Named Endowment Fund
Charitable Gift Annuity
Gift of RRSP and RRIF
Charitable Remainder Trust
GIFTS OF LAND
Owners of ecologically significant properties in NCC’s Priority Natural Areas can make an outright gift
of their land and ensure its protection.
This is a legal contract that entrusts NCC with the permanent protection of the environmental
integrity of the land, while enabling you to keep it in the family, sell it to a conservation buyer or
donate it whenever you choose.
ECOLOGICAL GIFTS PROGRAM
Gifts of land and conservation agreements made under the Ecological Gifts Program receive tax
treatment superior to most other charitable gifts.
Be part of our conservation team! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada for a meaningful, handson day outside with Conservation Volunteers. Come explore unique habitat, see rare species and
learn about nature from the experts. Conservation Volunteers events connect Canadians of all ages
to nature, and get you involved the protection of our country’s species and natural areas.
Visit www.natureconservancy.ca for more information.
“I feel fortunate that my desire to preserve the integrity of my family’s property has been
fulfilled. Generations of Chisholms have spent part of their childhood on this farm and working
with NCC has allowed us to keep it intact when so much of the landscape around us is changing.”
- Nancy Chisholm & Bill Roff
Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Region
“Sometimes when your family decides not to stay on the farm, you think more seriously about
what’s actually going to happen to this land. We liked NCC’s approach to conservation and they
were by far the most logical candidate to donate our easements to.”
- Gary and Michele Howland
Donors of the Wascana Creek Conservation Easement, Saskatchewan Region
“Although we both have long had an appreciation for the outdoors, watching our children
discover their own love of nature brought to bear on us the importance of contributing to the
permanent conservation of special places.”
- Amy & Patrick Bowman,
NCC supporters in the Manitoba Region
“It’s important to pay attention to the little things. They’re the base of a lot of ecosystems. We
are all here for different reasons, but it comes down to the same purpose. It’s really neat to know
you’re having an effect on your own community.”
- Amanda Dietrich,
Conservation Volunteer, Ontario Region
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is governed by a National Board with support from seven
Regional Boards. In total, more than 100 representatives of the scientific and business communities across
the country are involved in ensuring the effective governance and management of NCC.
Bill Caulfeild-Browne - Chair
Harold (Hal) Kvisle - Past Chair
Eliza L. Mitchell
Tatlayoko Lake, British Columbia
Nathalie Pratte - Past Chair
West Kelowna, British Columbia
Lower Queensway, New Brunswick
Charitable Registration No: 11924 6544 RR0001