There are two types of project streams available to producers under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Water program: on-farm irrigation projects and on-farm water supply projects.

On-farm irrigation projects help improve the efficiency of existing on-farm irrigation systems which can save producers water and energy costs. Grants for these efficiency improvements can be used to purchase system upgrades such as sprinkler nozzles, pump modifications, control panel upgrades, and variable rate irrigation equipment or the purchase of new on-farm systems to replace older, less-efficient ones.

On-farm water supply projects assist primary producers to effectively and efficiently manage their on-farm water resources to ensure access to water supply is available. Under this stream, there are two categories of projects. Standard incentive projects include new or expanded water sources, such as wells, dugouts, spring development, cisterns, and unshared pipelines. Special incentive projects help protect the long-term viability of water supplies, including well decommissioning, well pit conversion, and wetland assessments.

Eligible expenses will be cost-shared at 25% grant and 75% applicant, except for special incentives, which are cost-shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant up to various maximums depending on the stream.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a 5-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that began in April 2018. In Alberta, it represents a federal-provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector.

For more information about the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta visit


To connect with the Alberta Ag-Info Centre:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 310-FARM (3276)

For media inquiries about this article, call Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s media line:
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