Runoff Control for Livestock Facilities


Stream: Producer



Who should apply?

Livestock producers with yards who require upgrades to prevent the entry of rainfall, or who plan to improve manure and runoff management.

To apply you must

  • Have a Verified Complete 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • Provide pictures of current livestock yard area, an indication of number and type of livestock in the yard area and the locations of risk factors (such as wells) in the area.
  • For new covered yard projects (i.e., an impermeable base and a roof in a single project), an approved Nutrient Management Strategy, dated within the last five years must be provided

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

  • Upstream diversion around existing farmyards (e.g., surface water diversions, berms, surface inlet or catch basin, eavestroughs on existing livestock buildings)
  • to divert clean water from entering the livestock yard
  • Improvements to existing impermeable surfaces and construction of, or improvements to curb walls (e.g., concrete), with a maximum height of 0.6 metres above grade on livestock yards to direct runoff to storage or treatment areas
  • Downslope collection and treatment (e.g., runoff diverted from livestock yard) with a vegetative filter strip system designed by a professional engineer, or constructed wetlands designed by a professional engineer for wastewater treatment
  • Concrete storage for runoff
  • Tile observation and shut-off stations
  • Silage leachate collection, transfer, and storage systems and design and construction of a controlled wetland to capture runoff
  • Removal or plugging of tile drains within 15 metres of livestock facilities
  • Construction of an impermeable base coupled with roofing of a livestock yard (new barnyards or feedlots must not be established on the property in future years)
  • In-kind contributions to a maximum of $2,000

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Runoff control for buildings, sites built since April 1, 2018
  • Runoff control on outdoor sites, where livestock are confined inside
  • Eavestroughs not associated with reducing or controlling runoff from existing livestock yards (e.g., pig or poultry barns with contained storage where runoff is not likely to enter the storage)
  • Barns built since April 1, 2018
  • Electrical components that may be part of a roofed livestock yard
  • Costs associated with feed bunks, water bowls, walls, bedding mats, penning, stalls, curtain walls or other components that may be part of a roofed livestock yard
  • Construction of an impermeable base without a roof or without runoff treatment for contaminated runoff
  • Construction of a roof without an impermeable base
  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • A Certificate of Completion for a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • Pictures of current livestock yard area, an indication of number and type of livestock in the yard area and the locations of risk factors (such as wells) in the area.
  • An approved Nutrient Management Strategy, dated within the last five years, is required for covered yard project applications (i.e., an impermeable base and a roof in a single project).

Merit assessment criteria

  • Project addresses risk identified in EFP Action Plan
  • Degree of risk reduction estimated to be achieved through project
  • Proximity of livestock yard to watercourse or other water sensitive feature such as a roadside ditch (i.e., runoff immediately leaves the property), identified through imagery of property from AgMaps or Google Images
  • Number and type of livestock typically in barnyard or feedlot and for what duration (year-round vs. seasonal use)
  • 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 is available to successful producers who provide information on the application, which demonstrates that the project will be complemented or enhanced by the continued maintenance of previously implemented Best Management Practices. For more information, click here.

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 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.

All completed applications received in a given Application Intake are evaluated after the Intake closes. (Exceptions may be noted in the Project Category Description.) 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. A merit-based application review process is used to allocate cost-share funds to projects.

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: May 23, 2019

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

If your Runoff Control for Livestock Facilities project consists only of an impermeable base, (with no roof) rainwater will still be able to enter the yard, turning this clean rainwater into contaminated water (runoff) as it mixes with manure.
Any project application seeking cost-share funding for an impermeable base for a livestock area must also include an appropriate method of managing potentially contaminated water/runoff or include a roof that will cover the entire area to prevent clean rainwater from entering this area.
Options for managing contaminated runoff may include: a diversion of the water to an existing liquid manure storage facility on the farm (with adequate capacity to handle the increased volume), a dedicated runoff holding tank, designed for this purpose or a permanently vegetated area (PVA) with a flow path that meets the requirements of the Nutrient Management Act and Ontario Regulation 267/03 as amended. The options for managing runoff including PVA are explained in the OMAFRA factsheet “Managing Outdoor Confinement Areas and Livestock Yards” http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/11-007.htm#8