Community Stewardship Program

Stewardship Workshops

All Stewardship Workshops are now completed.

Community Stewardship Program Overview

The Community Stewardship Program provides a holistic approach toward achieving water quality and environmental improvements in Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. Education, support and grant opportunities are available for residents, cottagers, shoreline owners, community groups and others living within the program area to help with:

  • Shoreline erosion control
  • Shoreline restoration
  • Septic health
  • Native plants, trees and re-naturalization
  • Water quality protection
  • Wetland restoration and improvement
  • Stream and fisheries improvements
  • Fish habitat
  • Other environmental initiatives

Community Stewardship Program Eligibility

The program is accessible to all resident and non-resident, rural, non- farm landowners Boundary Mapwith property situated within:

  • The eastern Georgian Bay region between the HWY 400/HWY 69 corridor and the Georgian Bay shoreline, extending to the French River.
  • The eastern Georgian Bay islands.
  • The Nottawasaga watershed.
  • The Severn Sound watershed.
  • The Lake Simcoe watershed.
  • The Penetang Peninsula.
  • 300m of the north shore of the French River.
  • 300m of the north shore of the Severn River.
  • 300m of the eastern shoreline of Lake Couchiching.


Landowners within the eligible area interested need to complete the steps below.

  1. Register and attend a Stewardship Workshop – see Stewardship Workshops below and Scheduled Stewardship Workshops. Stewardship Workshops are free to participants.
  2. Review the Stewardship Guide and Complete an Action Planfree stewardship guides are provided to applicants after attending a stewardship workshop. Landowners must complete a guide-based self-evaluation and submit a corresponding action plan for their properties using one of the approved program stewardship guides. The guide contains worksheets to facilitate a self-evaluation of the property, as well as information and descriptions to support the review of the guide. Participants are asked to complete the worksheets that are applicable to their properties and use the results to develop an action plan.ttend a stewardship workshop or to complete a new environmental plan.
  3. Host a Site Visit – landowners interested in pursuing projects and funding need to coordinate a site visit with program staff to verify project eligibility and need. Program staff may also request a site visit to verify a project application meets the eligibility criteria. Landowners can request a site visit to assist with or discuss project design, or with the completion of an action plan.
  4. Submit an Application – application forms for project funding assistance will be available during stewardship workshops and site visits.
  5. Submit Supporting Documents – when applicable, applicants will need to submit supporting documentation including: project design, cost estimates, verification of regulatory approvals, permits, approvals, invoices and receipts. Copies of project invoices will be required in advance of payment processing.
  6. Receive Financial Support – applicants will be advised of eligible funding levels prior to project commencement. Project grants will be issued after receipt of all eligible paid invoices and upon project completion.

Stewardship Workshops

Stewardship Workshops are designed to provide rural, shoreline, cottage, and other landowners that may be interested in undertaking positive environmental actions on their properties with information on how to access available resources through the Community Stewardship Program. The program offers technical and financial assistance to landowners for several project activities that help improve the water quality and aquatic habitats.

Stewardship Workshops are free to participants, 2 hours in duration, and cover:

  • Community Stewardship Program overview
  • Stewardship project ideas and opportunities
  • Stewardship Guide instructions and distribution
  • Other stewardship information products and resources (which address topics shoreline restoration, septic systems, wetland enhancement, naturalization, etc.)
  • Some workshops will host other organizations and agencies to with complimentary programs or services.

Community Stewardship Program Contact Information

Please contact Delaina Arnold for inquiries within the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

John Osmok
Program Coordinator
Phone: 705-725-7523
Cell Phone: 705-330-5446

Delaina Arnold
Extension Specialist
Eastern Georgian Bay watersheds
Phone: 705-774-0978
Cell Phone: 705-774-3835

Carrie McIntyre
Extension Specialist
Severn Sound & North Nottawasaga watersheds
Phone: 705-725-7523
Cell Phone: 705-826-0439

Community Stewardship Program Partners

Program funding is provided through Environment Canada under the Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-up Fund.