Watercourse fencing

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.


  • Maximum grant: 90 per cent up to $7,500

Project Description:

Fencing to restrict livestock access to watercourses, including alternate watering sources.

Project Details:

  • Eligible projects will result in complete restriction of livestock from watercourses
  • Only fencing along a watercourse will be considered for funding. Fencing along property boundaries will not be considered.
  • A minimum buffer strip width of three metres (10 feet) or as required by permit, whichever is greater, from the top of the bank must be maintained as part of an approved livestock restriction project.
  • Temporary fencing may be considered eligible but will require a signed agreement mandating the applicant install a fence prior to livestock being introduced to the pasture every year and to maintain the fence while livestock are present in the pasture.
  • Crossings are eligible only if both sides of the streambank are fenced off.
  • Alternative Water Devices
  • Watering devices are eligible for funding only where livestock are fully restricted from the watercourse.
  • Alternative water devices include nose pumps, stock tanks in the field, wind and solar powered pumping units. Other systems may be considered.
  • Any work on municipal drains must be approved by the City of Ottawa Drainage Superintendent prior to initiation. Applicants must provide a copy of the approval document.

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.

Eligible Project Costs:

  • Required permits and approvals
  • Purchased material and supplies
  • Contract labour and professional fees
  • Reasonable in-kind contributions for applicant’s labour ($20/hr) and equipment ($50/hr) associated with the implementation of the proposed project

The Program reserves the right to limit the eligible amount for in-kind contributions based on the proposed project. Applicants must provide a detailed written accounting of all in-kind contributions when the application is submitted. In-kind costs associated with completing the application, project planning, supervision, or administration, are not eligible for funding.

Ineligible Costs:

  • Primary hydro lines
  • Well drilling
  • Replacement fencing and fencing along property boundaries
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Erosion control
  • Watercourse buffers
  • Land retirement incentive