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Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Water Program Ends March 31

The 5 year CAP Agreement (2018-2023) and the CAP Water Program wraps up this month. While still accepting applications, they encourage applicants to complete their project and submit applications as soon as possible.

·        Any wells or projects that are already started must be completed and a complete application must be received before the program closes to be considered for a grant. Applications received for projects that are not complete will not be accepted.

·         A completed new well project must include:

o   Complete well construction including drilling, casing and annular seal

o   Complete 2 hr pump + 2 hr recovery test including drawdown and recovery measurements

o   An installed Vermin Proof Cap (a Sanitary Well Seal is an acceptable alternative for pasture wells or temporary caps, and bored wells must have a proper fitting lid)

o   An installed/attached Well ID tag issued by Alberta Environment and Protected Areas

o   Proof of a water licence application for wells that require it

·         If applying for other eligible projects (including well decommissioning, well pit removals, cisterns, etc) they must also be complete.

For agricultural clients that are considering drilling a new well (or other water project) in the near future, you are encouraged to wait until after April 1, 2023. The new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) will be replacing the current agreement, and while there are no details on new programs that have been announced, work is underway to develop programs under the new agreement. We are anticipating a water program under the new agreement and we will share details as soon as we have them. We do know that any water projects that are started prior to April 1, 2023 will not be eligible under a future Sustainable CAP water program. We also encourage agricultural clients to subscribe to the CAP website for updates on the current and future water programs here:


For more information about the current CAP Water Program:

CAP Water Program Funding List:

CAP Water Application form:

CAP Water Program Factsheet – Wells:

CAP Water Program Factsheet – Vermin Proof Caps:


For questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or feel free to contact a water specialist directly:

Joe Harrington, Lethbridge, 403-381-5846

Shawn Elgert, Barrhead, 780-674-8215

Dan Benson, Peace River, 780-624-6532



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