Abram-Village, Prince Edward Island (Photo by John Sylvester)

Abram-Village, Prince Edward Island (Photo by John Sylvester)

By the Numbers


The year the Nature Conservancy of Canada is born with a mission to take direct, private action to protect natural spaces and promote conservation.

14M hectares (35M acres)

Our conservation impact since 1962 (to May 1, 2019) includes:

  • 2M hectares direct, permanent protection
  • 12M hectares conserved by partners supported by direct NCC actions

That’s equivalent to:

  • almost 4 X the size of Vancouver Island (32,134 sq km)
  • more than 20 X the size of Banff National Park (6,641 square kilometres)
  • 25 X size of PEI (5,660 sq km)

What counts?

When and where NCC’s direct actions result in a protected/conserved area, we count the land in our impact statement. As a result, we measure about 2 million hectares of direct conservation achievements (lands acquired, conserved and under stewardship), and 12 million hectares where our direct actions have enabled partners to achieve conservation impact.

To measure our impact, NCC assigns each parcel of land or water conserved to one of nine conservation categories. The size of each parcel is tallied according to whether it was directly achieved by NCC or supports a partner’s conservation achievement.  

  • In cases of joint ownership of fee simple and conservation agreement parcels, hectares are prorated as direct or partner-achieved, based on respective title interest. 
  • Transfer of fee simple or conservation agreement parcels, originally 100 per cent owned by NCC but later transferred to conservation partners, are tallied as direct achievements.
  • All parcels acquired by partners following a funding contribution from NCC are tallied fully as partner achievements. 
  • Securement of resource rights (surface or subsurface) that result in the establishment of a conserved area are tallied as direct achievements and any additional area subsequently conserved is tallied as a partner achievement.
  • Fixed-term formal agreements (e.g. Crown leases, grass banking agreements) that achieve conservation outcomes on partner lands are tallied fully as partner achievements during the term of the agreement.

The past five years have seen an unprecedented increase in the pace of our work, particularly in large-scale projects. This includes our work to help lift private rights in lands (timber, oil, gas), thereby removing impediments to conservation. In particular, we now count the Birch River Wildland Provincial Park in Alberta and the new Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area in Nunavut among major projects that have benefited from our work to remove private rights.


The number of species at risk*  taxa** that occur on NCC-owned properties.

* Species at risk includes COSEWIC-assessed and SARA-listed taxa (does not include data deficient or species listed as "not at risk"). COSEWIC - Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. SARA - Species at Risk Act.

** Species, sub species, populations.


Our supporters – the number of people who donate, volunteer, or engage with NCC.


The number of Conservation Volunteers events in the last year.

Making the most of your donation

Land, programs* and endowments: 78%

Administration: 11%

Philanthropy and marketing: 9%

Communications: 2%

*Investing in science and technology to acquire conservation lands and maintain the plants and animals on these lands.

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