With the goal of increasing irrigated acres in Saskatchewan by 2030, the Government of Saskatchewan is increasing the funding cap for the Irrigation Development Program. Starting April 6, 2021, irrigators can now access up to $500,000 per applicant under the program. The Irrigation Development Program increases irrigation capacity by helping finance the infrastructure required to bring a secure water supply to the edge of irrigable cropland. Funding enhancements will help fill in the gaps within existing irrigation infrastructure by supporting projects that are ready for construction to be completed in the next two years. This funding will allow irrigators to develop larger projects at one time and jump start progress toward increasing irrigated acres.
Eligible expenses under the program 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. Pre-approval and inspections are required to access the program. Interested applicants can review the full program and eligibility requirements on the Irrigation Development Program page. The Irrigation Development Program is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership suite of programs.
To further support irrigators, the ministry has employees dedicated to the success of irrigation in the province. Their role is to help irrigators become more profitable by transferring knowledge and sharing best-practices. They also help develop on-farm plans, conduct soil analyses and provide other technical information.
For support from the Outlook irrigation support team, phone 306-867-5500.