Bartholomew River, Miramichi, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Bartholomew River, Miramichi, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The Other Qualified Organizations (OQO) program

Important OQO Program Update: All OQO Funds have been allocated to date and therefore NCC will not be accepting any further application forms at this point in time. Please contact Bronwyn Olivier ( or Amanda Fortune ( if you have any questions.

Funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada and administered by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the OQO program will provide up to $5 million in support of conservation in communities across Canada. Eligible organizations are invited to apply to this federally funded program to: 

  • assist and support the securement of ecologically significant areas across Canada;
  • protect habitat for species at risk (both COSEWIC-assessed and SARA-listed) and migratory birds; and
  • enhance connections and corridors between protected areas.

As of March 31, 2018, 66 projects have been funded under the OQO Program, representing the conservation of 6,500 hectares (16,062 acres) of ecologically sensitive land.

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