Erosion Control Structures

Stream: Producer



Who should apply?

Producers who manage cropland where there are erosion issues that could be addressed with an erosion control structure.

To apply you must have

  • A verified complete 4th Edition EFP or a peer-reviewed 3rd Edition EFP

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Ditch bank stabilization
  • Shoreline stabilization, bank shaping, revetment, gabions, riprap, crib walls, re-vegetation, erosion control blankets, bioengineering
  • Grade control structures (e.g., rock chute spillways, drop pipe inlet structures)
  • In-stream control structures to reduce velocity and erosive force of water, and provide fish habitat (e.g., pools and riffles, natural channel design)
  • Water and Sediment Control Basins (WaSCoBs)
  • Grassed waterways
  • Contour terraces
  • Gully stabilization
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Vegetative strips of perennial cover planted on the contour within annual crops
  • Upgrade or modifications of existing, eroded tile outlet structures – all structures must include rigid outlet pipe, rodent gate, proper rock protection with filter cloth underneath
  • Upgrade or modification of existing tile surface inlets to reduce sediment or phosphorus loss or enhance (increase) temporary ponding time, as well as decommissioning of inlets that are no longer functional or necessary
  • Tile surface inlet upgrades for the purpose of reducing sediment loss or enhancing ponding time
  • Infrastructure and development costs
  • Labour costs
  • Consulting and engineering fees
  • In-kind contributions to a maximum of $2,000

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Systematic tile and other subsurface drainage systems that are not an integral part of an erosion control structure
  • Converting open channels to closed drainage systems
  • Construction of new drainage channels or repair or maintenance of existing drainage systems (e.g., drainage ditch clean-outs, rehabilitating existing sediment-filled french drains)
  • Costs of tile and installation that exceed 30 metres for riparian drop inlet structure projects
  • Installation of drop inlets for drainage of ponded surface water not associated with an erosion control structure.
  • Header tile systems
  • Levelling of land or fields
  • Tile outlet structures associated with new tile drainage installations
  • Tile inlet upgrades for the purpose of increasing capacity for rapid flow
  • Retrieving topsoil from areas of deposition and transporting it upslope to eroded hillsides
  • Construction and land improvement activities not associated with soil erosion control
  • Applying the cost-share funding to projects initiated through the Drainage Act
  • Ongoing maintenance costs
  • Construction and land improvement activities not associated with soil erosion control
  • Payments for land taken out of production

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • A Letter of Review or a Certificate of Completion for a 3rd or 4th Edition EFP
  • Aerial photograph showing problem area and overview of project (e.g., from AgMaps, Google maps)
  • Design plans showing contributing watershed and details of the erosion control structure to be built

Where applicable, for new construction of common agricultural erosion control structures such as grassed waterways, contour terraces, WaSCoBs, rock chutes or other grade control structures, must be designed in accordance with OMAFRA Publication 832

  • For more complex measures and those outside of the design scope of OMAFRA Publication 832, an engineered design may be required

Merit assessment criteria

  • Project addresses risk identified in EFP Action Plan
  • Degree of risk reduction estimated to be achieved through project
  • Soil erosion potential of the proposed project site, and whether other conservation practices are employed


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Edit date: December 13, 2018

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