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Irrigation Development Program

The Irrigation Development Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership has closed and is no longer accepting new applications. If you have an approved project underway and require the corresponding claim forms, please call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or email agprograms@gov.sk.ca for assistance.

The Irrigation Development Program supports infrastructure development to increase irrigation capacity by creating a secure water supply to the edge of irrigable land parcels.

Funding

As of April 6, 2021, each eligible applicant can receive the lesser of 67 per cent of eligible costs or $1,320 per irrigable acre developed, to a maximum program payment of $500,000 minus any previous payments under the Irrigation Development Program. Pre-approval must be obtained before project construction starts.

Note: For projects pre-approved, under construction or completed before April 6, 2021, the eligible applicant will receive the lesser of 67 per cent of eligible costs or $1,320 per irrigable acre developed, to a maximum program payment of $300,000.

For the purposes of the Irrigation Development program, the term "under construction" is defined as, and includes the following activities:

  • Excavation for mainline related to the irrigation works;
  • Installation of pipe for mainline related to the irrigation works
  • Excavation for intake works and pumps related to irrigation works; and
  • Installation of intake works and pumps related to irrigation works.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for pre-approval if you are a:

  • Saskatchewan agricultural producer (individual, partnership or corporation) and can demonstrate a minimum $50,000 of gross farm income in Saskatchewan in the year preceding or in the year of the application; or
    • Individual applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • First Nation in the Province of Saskatchewan.

Producers who own, lease or rent property where livestock and poultry are grown, bred, kept, raised, displayed, assembled or disposed of require a Saskatchewan Premises Identification (PID) number.

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.

If you are an irrigation district in Saskatchewan, please contact the Crops and Irrigation Branch at 306-867-5500 to discuss further.

Before You Apply

By participating in this program, applicants understand that they must meet all eligibility requirements which includes compliance with The Irrigation Act, 2019.

  • Irrigation districts must be in good standing as a district and have met the criteria as laid out in Part 2 of the Act.
  • All Irrigators are required to pay a refundable acre levy fee to the Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation (ICDC), to support irrigation research and development in the province as per Part 5 of The Irrigation Act, 2019.

Projects must meet the following requirements and applicants must obtain the following applicable pre-approval inspections and/or documents:

  • Irrigation development locations must obtain an Irrigation Certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture Crops and Irrigation Branch for the project location;
  • Eligible projects must plan to increase irrigation capacity by a minimum of 10 acres of land for agricultural purposes; and
    • Irrigation development locations that have been granted a Term Irrigation Certificate are not eligible for funding due to concerns about the sustainability of these projects.
  • Individual applicants with projects within irrigation districts must be approved by the respective irrigation district board; and
  • The proposed water source for the project must have an electrical conductivity of less than 1,500 uS/cm and a sodium absorption ratio of less than five.

Project Eligibility

The following requirements (in the applicant's name) must also be met at the time of claim submission before funding will be issued:

  • Approval to Construct permit from the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA);
  • Water Rights file number with WSA; and
    • Projects must receive a water allocation of intensive or non-intensive median annual availability to be eligible.
    • Projects that receive a water allocation non-intensive subject to availability are not eligible.
  • An 'as-constructed' drawing from Crops and Irrigation Branch or an Approval to Operate from the WSA will also be required.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include the creation of secure water supply points through the purchase and installation of:

  • Pumps;
  • Pump stations;
  • Turnouts;
  • Pipelines;
  • Power installation* and hook‐up; and
  • Consulting services and fees for environmental assessments and project design.

* Prior to reimbursement for power installation, the applicant must have installed all other irrigation infrastructure including on-farm infrastructure.

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses and activities include:

  • Projects commencing prior to October 1, 2017.
  • Invoices not issued in the applicant's name.
  • On-farm land parcel irrigation systems, including:
    • Any pump, pipe, drain, trench, ditch, sprinkler or power source dedicated to irrigating a land parcel.
  • On-farm land parcel site preparation costs to remove trees, infrastructure or landscape.
  • Irrigation certification fees.
  • Purchase of land/property or payment of easements.
  • Taxes, financing fees, interest or legal fees.
  • Applicant/employee labour and administration costs.
  • Used, leased or fabricated materials and infrastructure - to be eligible, new items and infrastructure must be purchased from a recognized dealer. For the purposes of the program, a recognized dealer is typically defined as a business where manufacturing is a key service or the business is an authorized dealer for a certain item(s).
  • In‐kind freight/mileage.
  • In-kind equipment use.
  • In‐kind materials such as rocks, sand, gravel or clay.
  • In-kind payment (e.g. trading) for third party services/supplies.
  • Materials from inventory.
  • Any submissions for rebate utilizing a third-party contractor must be from a contractor who is third-party arm's length, or the submission will be considered to be utilizing in kind labour and original invoices for all materials will be required.
  • Costs claimed for expenses/activities which may receive funding under other Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs, or any other government grant, rebate or assistance program.

Apply 

Completed application packages can be submitted by email or mail to:
agprograms@gov.sk.ca
or
Ministry of Agriculture, Programs Branch
329 – 3085 Albert Street
Regina SK  S4S 0B1

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