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The Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) provides producers with a rebate for dugout, pipeline and well projects that meet program criteria. All applicants must demonstrate an agricultural use for the water.
Agricultural use is defined as crop spraying, livestock watering (that results in taxable income from livestock sales) or greenhouse production.
Applicants are encouraged to assess their project against the Rebate Eligibility Checklist, which includes the most common compliance requirements that may apply to your project.
Dugout, pipeline and well projects are eligible for a maximum rebate of 50 per cent of eligible costs. Eligible applicants can receive a rebate for more than one project, but cannot exceed a maximum of $50,000 for dugout, pipeline and well projects over the five-year program term from October 1, 2017, to March 31, 2023. The deadline for rebate applications is March 15, 2023. Projects must be fully constructed and operational for agricultural use before a rebate will be issued. No interim payments will be made. Program payments are subject to a minimum rebate of $250. The minimum claim is $500.
For the period of April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, the maximum rebate for livestock producers will increase to $150,000. The first $50,000 will be based on a 50-50 cost-share and the remaining $100,000 will be on a 70-30 government-producer cost-share. The temporary increase to the maximum funding will apply to new FRWIP projects where construction was initiated after April 1, 2021 and submitted for a rebate by March 31, 2022. The program requires projects to be fully constructed and operational for agricultural use before a rebate will be issued. Please download the Rebate Application Form on Step 6.
Livestock producers who submitted a Preliminary Application for their project by March 31, 2022, have until December 31, 2022, to complete their project and submit for a rebate. Intake for Preliminary Applications has now closed.
You are eligible to apply for the rebate if you are a(n):
The maximum amount that may be paid to an eligible applicant and to persons related to an eligible applicant will be subject to the program’s maximum funding cap. Related applicants include:
Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements for water development projects. If all required approvals are not obtained the project will be ineligible for funding.
Approvals may include:
For environmentally sensitive land, authorization and consent is required when the project is located on land, or is crossing land, with the following designations:
Any Crown lease lands designated under The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA) require project approval prior to commencing work. Please contact your local Ministry of Agriculture Lands Branch representative for more information.
Any private lands with a Crown Conservation Easement (CCE) registered on title require project approval prior to commencing work. Please contact the Ministry of Environment at 1-800-567-4224 for more information.
Any private or Crown lands federally designated as critical habitat under the Species at Risk Act for a federally listed species at risk require project approval prior to commencing work. To determine if your project is on critical habitat land, please call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre, toll free at 1-866-457-2377
It is the responsibility of the producer to determine if a project is located in an environmentally sensitive area. The online mapping tool is available to assist producers in recognizing if their project(s) is/are located in these areas.
Eligible activities may include:
The following infrastructure items are eligible when done in conjunction with a new or expanded dugout project:
Dugouts should be located upstream from any outdoor livestock facilities or there must be control works to prevent manure runoff from entering the dugout.
The following infrastructure items are eligible when done in conjunction with a new pipeline project:
Eligible activities may include:
The following infrastructure items are eligible when done in conjunction with a new well project:
The following eligibility parameters also apply:
Ineligible activities or expenses include:
Review the FRWIP Rebate Checklist for information on the most common regulatory compliance items that may apply to your project. Applications must be completed and submitted by March 15, 2023.
Applicants are encouraged to submit rebate claims as soon as the project is fully constructed and operational for agricultural use. All invoices must be paid in full before applying for the rebate. No interim payments will be made. Please submit copies of invoices as originals will not be returned.
The intake of preliminary applications for an extension to access enhanced funding closed on March 31, 2022. Livestock producers who submitted a preliminary application have until December 31, 2022, to complete their project and submit for rebate.
Projects must be fully constructed and operational before a rebate is issued.
Note: it is recommended that this application form is saved to your computer before entering in your information.
Completed application packages can be submitted by email or mail to:
Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 – 3085 Albert Street
Regina SK S4S 0B1
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