Dufferin Rural Water Quality Program

In 2017 the Dufferin Rural Water Quality Program was initiated.  This voluntary program offers financial and technical assistance to farmers throughout Dufferin County to assist with the implementation of agricultural beneficial management practice projects, which protect and improve water quality.




Eligible Project Categories and Grant Rates

Best Management Practice Cost Share Maximum Cost Share Performance Incentive Notes
Clean Water Diversion 50% $3,000 Per farm.
Exclusion Fencing 75-100% $5,000 Per farm.
Cover Crops n/a n/a $40/acre up to 40 acres Once per Farm Business Registration #.
Erosion Control Structures 50% $5,000 Per farm.
Nutrient Management Planning 75-100% $2,000 Per farm
Machinery Crossing Improvements 50% $3,000 Per farm.
Tree Planting 75% $5,000 Per farm.
Living Snow Fence*
*Available to eligible properties through the Dufferin County Living Snow Fence Program
100% $5,000
$450/acre years 1-3 and
$200/acre years 4-10
Per farm.
Wetland Creation 50% $5,000 Per farm.
Well Decommission 100% $1,000 Per well.
Well Upgrade 80% $1,000 Per well.
Innovative Technologies Innovative technologies/projects that do not conform to RWQP guidelines are considered by the Steering Committee on a project by project basis.

Rural Water Quality Program grants may be combined (stacked) with funding from other sources. Where landowners receive funds through another program, the grant rates will be adjusted to ensure that landowners do not receive more than 100% towards the cost of their projects. 

How to Apply to the Program and Receive Funding

  1. Attend an Environmental Farm Plan workshop and complete a plan for your farm operation.
  2. Submit your Environmental Farm Plan for confidential review by your Workshop leader.
  3. Contact Dufferin Rural Water Quality Program staff to verify that your proposed project meets the guidelines and to arrange a site visit.  Staff is available to assist you with planning your project and applying to the program.
  4. Applications are anonymously reviewed by a review committee, made up of local agricultural representatives and agency staff.
  5. Complete your project as approved.
  6. Book a final site visit with program staff.
  7. Receive your grant.

For more information and to arrange a site visit, please contact:
Mark Eastman
Senior Coordinator, Agricultural Outreach
Ph: 905-670-1615 ext. 720
Cell: 416-294-7335
Toll Free: 1-800-668-5557
Email: mark.eastman@cvc.ca


Data and information released from Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) are provided on an 'AS IS' basis, without warranty of any kind, including without limitation the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

Availability of this data and information does not constitute scientific publication. Data and/or information may contain errors or be incomplete. CVC and its employees make no representation or warranty, express or implied, including without limitation any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or warranties as to the identity or ownership of data or information, the quality, accuracy or completeness of data or information, or that the use of such data or information will not infringe any patent, intellectual property or proprietary rights of any party. CVC shall not be liable for any claim for any loss, harm, illness or other damage or injury arising from access to or use of data or information, including without limitation any direct, indirect, incidental, exemplary, special or consequential damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

In accordance with scientific standards, appropriate acknowledgment of CVC should be made in any publications or other disclosures concerning data or information made available by CVC.