A big year for conservation

Together, we conserved close to 100,000 additional hectares from coast to coast to coast in just the last year.

Boreal Wildlands, ON (Photo by Kaitlin Richardson)

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we know the global crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change demand urgent conservation solutions. The good news is, your support is making tremendous impact for Canada and the world. You have helped accelerate the pace of conservation, setting the stage for the urgent work that needs to be done to sustain our world.

Together, we have unlocked potential for the larger conservation results needed to ensure a sustainable future. These lands and waters promote biodiversity, store carbon and provide habitat for close to one third of Canada’s species at risk.

Happy Valley Forest, ON (Photo by Brianna Roye)

The following successes, and more, were made possible thanks to our community of passionate conservation champions like you:

  • We secured 99,944 hectares on 67 projects from coast to coast to coast.
  • We protected and cared for habitat for 244 species at risk.
  • More than 7,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the lifetime emissions of close to 102,650,000 typical passenger vehicles, were sequestered throughout the 15 million hectares you have helped us protect since 1962.


As a trusted partner, we deliver permanent and sizeable conservation. Since 1962, our collective actions have resulted in about two million hectares of direct conservation, and another 13 million where our actions have made it possible for others to do amazing work. That’s equivalent to almost twice the size of New Brunswick.

Your support of the following projects, and more, in the last year is making a difference:

Boreal Wildlands, ON (Photo by Adam Bialo - Kontact)
  • On Earth Day, we launched the Boreal Wildlands project near Hearst, Ontario.
    — It is the largest private land conservation project in Canadian history.
    — At nearly 1,500 square kilometres, this big and bold initiative demonstrates our commitment to working at new scales to conserve more nature — faster.
  • NCC and Parks Canada came together to reintroduce bison to The Key Fist Nation in Saskatchewan.
    — Twenty of the iconic animals came from NCC’s Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area.
  • We launched our Nature + Climate Projects Accelerator program, which will leverage innovative finance tools toward furthering NCC’s core conservation mission.
  • We forged news partnerships and built stronger collaborations.
  • We also welcomed new supporters and partners from across the country.




None of these successes would have been possible without your belief in our mission.

Despite these remarkable accomplishments, the current pace of conservation still isn’t nearly enough if we want to address habitat conversion, biodiversity loss and the impacts of climate change.  We know we must work at an unprecedented pace now to ensure the survival of the species and habitats that are our very life support systems.


With your support, we stand ready to help deliver solutions and accelerate our impact by protecting Canada’s species at risk, supporting Indigenous-led conservation, caring for significant landscapes and growing our community

Bison (Photo by Bob Hawkesworth)


There has never been a more important time to invest in nature conservation. For all we have achieved together, there is much more to do. NCC, Canada’s unifying force for nature, stands ready to continue to work with you to deliver permanent, sizeable conservation.

With NCC, you are turning intention into action and investing in a sustainable future.

Because when nature thrives, we all thrive.

Highlights of the last year

Here’s what we said we would do this year (2021–22):


Align with a bold new strategic plan.


We developed a collaborative framework that aligned our goals to:
• Accelerate conservation
• Grow support
• Evolve culture
• Optimize delivery

Together we are building a thriving world with nature. View our strategic plan here.

Shaw Wilderness Park, NS (Photo by Adam Cornick)


Hold tight to our culture of resilience, and embrace inclusion and collaboration in all we do.


More than 250 staff received equity, diversity and inclusion training. We once again received accreditation as a Great Place to Work®, and were also included on the 2021 list of the Best Workplaces™ Managed by Women.

NCC staff in Garry oak habitat, BC (Photo by Fernando Lessa)


Continue to work with Indigenous Peoples to conserve lands and waters.


We launched 28 collaborations with Indigenous communities across the country, up from 15 in 2020–21. We also pursued work to support Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, such as our collaboration with the Kebaowek First Nation to acquire Fitzpatrick Island in the Kitchsibi (Ottawa River) waters.

Waterfall on Lockhart River, NWT (Photo courtesy Parks Canada)


Build more support for our work through increased fundraising and awareness.


Connected with 462,387 supporters. We also welcomed 109 new members to our Nature Legacy Society — individuals who have indicated their intent to leave a legacy gift to NCC.

Conservation Volunteers, Beaver Hills, AB (Photo by Kasia Podilsky)


Leverage innovation and technology projects to accelerate our work.


Launched the first year of our Nature + Climate Projects Accelerator program, and developed three new projects — one in each major carbon landscape. This included projects in the Boreal Wildlands in Ontario, Darkwoods in BC and the development of a protocol for wetland-based carbon offsets.

Conservation Intern, Pugwash Estuary, NS (Photo by NCC)


Conserve 25,205 hectares and initiate 71 projects.


With your support, we conserved 99,944 hectares across 67 projects from coast to coast to coast. With your support, we launched the Boreal Wildlands project in Ontario — the largest project conservation agreement in Canada.

Boreal Wildlands, ON (Photo by Adam Bialo - Kontact)