Financial Assistance

Growing Assurance - Farmland Beaver Damage Control

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program provides funds to implement appropriate methods – non-lethal and lethal – to control nuisance beavers that cause problems such as excess moisture or flooding on agricultural land.

The methods must provide benefits to agricultural lands.


WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants include:

  • rural municipalities
  • The Association of Manitoba Community Pastures (AMCP)
  • Northern Affairs Community Councils
  • First Nation Community Band Councils

Applicants must have an AccessManitoba client identification number. Contact your local GO Office for help with this requirement.


AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

This program provides assistance for:

Activity Amount
beaver removal $15 per beaver removed
dam removal maximum of $750 per dam removed
pond levelers (materials and installation) maximum of $500 per pond leveler (supplies and installation)
beaver deceivers (materials and installation) maximum of $500 per beaver deceiver (supplies and installation)


To be eligible for reimbursement of your costs, you must have an approval letter from Manitoba Agriculture for your project or activities before you spend money on them. Funds will only be approved for projects or activities started after you receive written approval.

Eligible and ineligible locations:

Eligible Ineligible
privately owned agricultural land municipal infrastructure (road, culvert, etc.) not directly adjacent to land used for agricultural purposes
Crown land leased for agricultural purposes wildlife management areas (WHMAs)
community pastures transitioning to the AMCP rights-of-ways along numbered roads and provincial highways
First Nations' reserve land used for agricultural purposes ecological reserves
farmland directly adjacent to a municipal bridge or culvert Manitoba Hydro corridors
municipal airports' lands
provincial drains
railway rights-of-ways
federal lands other than First Nations lands used for agricultural purposes
national and provincial parks, provincial forests


Role of the applicant:

  • Applicants will authorize the beaver damage control activities
  • Applicants will pay the upfront cost of the beaver management activities
  • Applicants may receive up to five per cent administration fee for:
    • confirming beaver removal and disposing of the beaver tail
    • providing all supporting documents (receipts, locations, photos, etc.) of the beaver damage control activities
    • signing off on the activities and submitting the supporting documentation to government for payment

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Applicants can apply online by completing the application form and following the instructions to submit the application as detailed on the online form.
  2. Once all applications have been received, they will be reviewed to ensure the projects meet the program objectives.
  3. If your application is approved, a funding decision letter will be issued to you. This letter will include a schedule detailing the payment and reporting process.
  4. Once you have received a decision letter, you may begin your program or activities to manage nuisance beavers.
  5. When you received the decision letter, review the enclosed funding conditions. You are responsible for getting all the necessary licences, permits and/or approvals before you start your project or activities.
  6. As soon as your project or activities are finished, you can submit a claim with itemized receipts. Your request for payment must be received on or before the claim deadlines indicated in your letter.
  7. When all information and documents are received, reviewed, and approved, a payment will be sent to you.
  8. You may be contacted about an audit inspection of final work before or after your payment is received.


Terms and Conditions (PDF 115 KB)

 

Questions to ask yourself as you prepare your application:

  • Have you determined what the appropriate mix of management options are for controlling nuisance beavers?
  • Have you received feedback from producers about nuisance beavers on specific agricultural land within your area?
  • Have you received and identified funding from other programs?


Note: You must receive a decision letter from the program before you start any projects or activities to control nuisance beavers. Applications for projects and activities that were started or completed before you received a project approval letter are ineligible.


 

WHO TO CONTACT

General program inquires:
Sustainable Development
204-281-2924 in Swan River
 

Technical inquiries related to pond levelers, beaver deceivers, dam removal or beaver removal:
Sustainable Development
204-281-2924 in Swan River


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

As part of awareness around controlling nuisance beavers, workshops on humane trapping techniques and non-lethal removal methods will be held at various locations around the province. Locations will be determined based on incidence of nuisance beaver as well as other considerations such as interest. For locations and times, contact your local GO Office or Sustainable Development.