Cover crops

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. To find out more, please consult the program description.


  • Annual performance incentive of $50 per acre per year, maximum 20 acres, maximum 3 years or end of Program

Project Description:

Seeding of over-winter cover crops to reduce soil erosion between crop rotations.

Project Details:

  • Establishment of over-wintering cover crops on fields adjacent to a watercourse.
  • Establishment of non-grazed, non-harvested (e.g. winter wheat, canola) cover crops.
  • The cover crop must be verified by program staff before winter, or before tillage to ensure that the cover crop is providing at least 30% ground cover. Failure to contact staff and verify crop will result in non-payment of the grant.

NOTE: Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the project meets all legal requirements, including City by-laws, provincial and federal acts/regulations, and Conservation Authority permits/approvals.

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Tile drain control structures
  • Tile outlet erosion control
  • Land retirement incentive
  • Watercourse buffers
  • Natural windbreaks