Manure Storage Improvements


Stream: Producer



Who should apply?

This project category is restricted to only those producers who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are not phased-in to the Nutrient Management Act prior to initiating the proposed project;
  • Do not have adequate storage capacity of at least 240 days storage for their existing livestock numbers (as of April 1, 2018); AND
  • Are not increasing their livestock numbers and/or expanding their farm operation.

To apply you must have completed

  • A verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • An approved Nutrient Management Strategy within the last five years, that demonstrates the upgraded storage will meet the Manure Storage Sizing Calculation (MSTOR) sizing requirements of section 69 of the Nutrient Management Act.

Have you completed an Environmental Farm Plan?

Having a verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan is required to apply for all Environmental Stewardship Project Categories. If you haven’t completed one, sign up here.

The project being applied for must be identified as an action in the EFP, and effectively move a “1” or “2” rating to “3” or “4” (best) rating

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Storage-related technology projects that contribute to increasing capacity to meet the 240-day requirement (as of April 1, 2018), such as sand and solids separators or storage roofing to eliminate rainfall entry
  • Manure dewatering systems (e.g. on-farm concentration systems using flocculants, membranes, or other suitable technology)
  • Liquid manure storage capacity improvements to achieve 240 days of storage
  • Solid manure storage capacity improvements to achieve 240 days of storage
  • Associated construction costs to meet relevant standards (liners, secondary containment, fencing, etc.)
  • Decommissioning of unsafe storages upon recommendation in writing from a professional engineer, if part of a new replacement storage project
  • Professional costs directly related to design (i.e., engineering costs), construction and installation of eligible technology and features
  • Equipment for moving manure from edge of barn or livestock holding area to manure storage
  • In-kind contributions

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Manure storage facilities or upgrades to accommodate increased livestock numbers (since April 1, 2018)
  • Costs for increasing manure storage capacity to greater than 240 days (cost-share will be pro-rated – only 240 days of storage is supported)
  • Transfer systems to move manure from barn or to the field
  • Agitation systems
  • Storage tank aeration systems
  • Feed and rations to reduce manure nutrient levels or to improve feed efficiencies
  • Manure storage additives
  • In-barn manure collection systems (e.g., slatted floors)
  • Conventional farm equipment (tractors with buckets, skid steer loaders, etc.)
  • New facilities for new barns built since April 1, 2018 (livestock expansions), or facilities for greater than 240 days of storage
  • Multi-use facilities (also used for storage of feed, animals or machinery, including a combined covered yard or manure storage unit)
  • Manure storage facilities or upgrades to storages for operations phased-in to the Nutrient Management Act prior to initiating the proposed project

Available cost-share

25 per cent, up to a maximum of $20,000

Required documentation

  • Certificate of completion for a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • An approved Nutrient Management Strategy, dated within the last five years, that demonstrates that the upgraded storage meets the Manure Storage Sizing Calculation (MSTOR) sizing requirements of section 69 of the Nutrient Management Act

Merit assessment criteria

  • Project addresses risk identified in EFP Action Plan
  • Degree of risk reduction estimated to be achieved through project (e.g., projected ability to reduce the need for winter spreading of manure)
  • Preference will be given to projects within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds

Other useful information:

An additional 5 per cent in cost-share funding may available to successful producers who provide information on the Systems Approach section of the application to demonstrate that the project will be complemented or enhanced by the continued maintenance of three previously implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs). For more information, click here.

Cost-share for storage improvements will be pro-rated to reflect the storage required to reach 240 days.

What's Next?

Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Program Requirements


For more information on upcoming application intakes, visit ontariosoilcrop.org

Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption, is eligible to apply for cost-share funding under the Partnership—provided that the farm business meets all of the requirements set out in the Program Guide. You must also have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the farm property where the project is to take place. In addition, you are required to be in compliance with all Requirements of the Law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project.

A farm business may have up to two (2) applications approved in an intake or under consideration at one time. A separate application must be submitted for each project.

There is no limit to the number of cost-share projects that a farm business can complete over the five-year span of the Partnership. There is also no limit to the number of approved cost-share projects that a farm business can have underway at one time.

Applications are evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet eligibility criteria or if they are incomplete.

Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria are assessed using Merit Assessment Criteria, which is specific to each Project Category. Applications that are selected using a merit-based review process are approved on a continuous basis while funds remain available.

Conditional approval for funding may be granted for complete applications with high merit that require confirmation of additional information before project approval.

Applications are submitted electronically.* You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net.

You can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category you are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.

*If you cannot apply online or by email, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1 Stone Road W, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2.

Applications will be reviewed, and cost-share funding decisions will be made after the Application Intake has closed. You will be notified by mail and/or email approximately 45 business days from the date a given Application Intake closes. (If there is an exception to this, it may be noted in the Project Category Description.) There are three possible outcomes:

  • Application is approved – you will receive confirmation of claim procedures and submission deadlines, and a questionnaire that must be completed at the end of the project.
  • Application is conditionally approved – you will be notified about what additional information is required to finalize approval of your project.
  • Application is declined – you will receive a brief explanation for the decision.

The start date for your project is the date on the Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.

The completion date for your project will be specified in the Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.

New producers are new entrants to the agricultural production industry who:

  • File personal income taxes in Ontario
  • Have proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets to generate farm income
  • Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the proposed project is to take place
  • Have not had more than $7,000 in gross farm income two and three years prior to enrolling in the Partnership
  • Have business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $7,000 or more within three years of applying

If you are a new producer, contact OSCIA at 1-800-265-9751 or CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org for a list of applicable Project Categories, and to request a copy of the New Producer Application Form.


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Edit date: January 6, 2021

Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

Thinking of applying for a manure storage improvement project?

Cost-share funding is available to address concerns with existing manure storages for non-regulated farm operations (not phased into the Nutrient Management Act).

Read your nutrient management strategy (NMS) carefully before submitting an application. If your NMS references a new barn or additional/increased livestock numbers, your project is not eligible for funding.

Who is phased-in to the NMA?

Farms that generate 300 or more nutrient units on an annual basis or that have required a building permit for a livestock housing facility or nutrient storage (other than the proposed storage), are phased-into the Nutrient Management Act and are not eligible for funding.