The Agriculture Water Infrastructure Program (AWP) aims to increase adoption of efficient irrigation infrastructure and improve agricultural water supply and management in British Columbia.

Through this program, the Government of BC seeks to see improvements to stream flows, fish populations and an increased and more sustainable food production.

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Program Objectives

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Maximize available water for agricultural uses, particularly irrigation and livestock watering, in water-scarce and drought-prone areas that will be increasingly stressed by climate change and will benefit from more efficient infrastructure or storage.
  • Increase agricultural production with additional water infrastructure in areas with sufficient water supply or with high potential for farmland expansion.
  • Protect agricultural land from flooding with effective drainage and diking infrastructure resulting in improved food production in areas subjected to excess water.

Program Goal

Improve water security in agricultural areas and food security in BC.

Approach

Program Structure

Funding is available through four funding streams.

Funding Stream Funding Allocation to Stream Max. Funding Amount Per Project Cost-Shared Ratio
Stream 1: Producer Projects up to $10M $1M 50%
Stream 2: Community Projects up to $23M up to $1M-$2M* per project 50%
Stream 3: Assessments, Engineering Studies or Plans up to $5M $200K 50%
Stream 4: Strategic Projects up to $5.2M TBD TBD

* Maximum to be confirmed after Expression of Interest stage and before application stage.

Program Funding Streams

Stream 1: Producer Projects

  • June 27, 2024: Application drafts open, you may begin drafting your application.
  • July 25, 2024: Application submissions open, submit your application starting at 9AM.
  • August 8, 2024: Applications Close at 4PM

Interested in learning more about Stream 1? IAF is hosting a webinar on June 27th at 12PM. Register here.

Stream 2: Community Projects

  • July 3, 2024: Expressions of Interest open.
  • July 24, 2024: Expressions of Interest close.

Interested in learning more about Stream 2? IAF is hosting a webinar on July 10th at 12PM. Register here.

Stream 3: Assessments, Engineering Studies or Plans

  • May 30, 2024: Application drafts open, you may begin drafting your application.
  • June 20, 2024: Application submissions open, submit your application starting at 9AM. Applications will remain open until funding is committed.

Stream 4: Strategic Projects

Resources

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Funding Acknowledgement Requirements

Download the Funding Acknowledgement Requirements.

Have an Active Project?

Please visit the program’s Project Resource Hub for more information.

Funding provided by:

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Please note: the Government of BC may, from time to time, give instructions to IAF in relation to the delivery and administration of this program. IAF must and will comply with those instructions.