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The Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) is designed to improve public safety and reduce potential groundwater contamination through well decommissioning.
Pre-approval is required for well decommissioning activities.
Applicants are encouraged to assess their project against the program criteria and review program eligibility.
Well Decommissioning projects are eligible for a rebate of 90 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $10,000 per project.
Program payments are subject to a minimum rebate of $250. The minimum claim amount is $500.
You are eligible to apply for pre-approval if:
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 spouses, partners, relatives in the same residence or individuals/entities which have controlling interests in more than one operation.
Pre-approval is required for all well decommissioning projects. If your well is not decommissioned appropriately, your project will be ineligible for funding.
Approvals may include:
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.
For environmentally sensitive land, authorization and consent is required when the project is located on land with the following designations:
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.
Eligible expenses for well decommissioning may include:
Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
Ineligible activities or expenses include:
Well-decommissioning (pre-approval) applications and claims are accepted on an ongoing basis. All applications must be submitted for approval on or before December 31, 2022.
Projects must have started on or after October 1, 2017, and completed 18 months following approval or by March 15, 2023.
Note: It is recommended that these application forms be saved to your computer before entering in your information.
Completed application packages can be submitted by email or mail to:
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 – 3085 Albert Street
Regina SK S4S 0B1
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