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(s). Projects will focus on construction of soil erosion control structures including: Water and Sediment Control Basins (WaSCoBs), stabilization structures, grassed waterways and constructed wetlands.

To apply you must have completed

  • A verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • A site sketch (hand-drawn or computer-generated) or AgMaps output showing the proposed project location

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

  • Erosion control structures designed in accordance with OMAFRA Publication 832:
    • Grassed waterways
    • Drop structures
    • Water and Sediment Control Basins (WaSCoBs)
    • Contour terraces
  • Tile inlet upgrades or modifications to reduce sediment or phosphorus loss or enhance (increase) temporary ponding time, and decommissioning of inlets that are no longer functional or necessary
  • Tile outlet upgrades or modifications to reduce erosion, which must include rigid outlet pipe, rodent gate, proper rock protection with filter cloth underneath
  • Ditch bank and shoreline stabilization, bank shaping, revetment, gabions, riprap, crib walls, re-vegetation, erosion control blankets, bioengineering for the purpose of reducing bank erosion
  • In-stream control structures to reduce velocity and erosive force of water, and provide fish habitat (e.g., pools and riffles, natural channel design)
  • Consulting and engineering fees
  • In-kind contributions

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Erosion control structures and outlets not designed in accordance with OMAFRA Publication 832
  • Tile inlet upgrades for the purpose of increasing capacity for rapid flow
  • Drop inlet installation for drainage of ponded surface water not associated with an erosion control structure (e.g. berm)
  • Tile outlet structures associated with new tile drainage installations that are not directly related to the eligible project
  • Tile, including header systems, systematic tile and other subsurface drainage systems that are not an integral part of an erosion control structure
  • Cost of tile and installation that exceeds 30 metres for drop inlet structures in riparian areas
  • Converting open channels to closed drainage systems
  • Construction of new drainage channels or routine repair or maintenance of existing drainage systems (e.g., drainage ditch clean-outs, rehabilitating existing sediment-filled french drains)
  • Levelling of land or fields
  • Soil Remediation (retrieving topsoil from areas of deposition and transporting it upslope to eroded hillsides)
  • Costs and activities not associated with soil erosion control
  • Projects initiated through the Drainage Act
  • Ongoing maintenance costs
  • Payments for land taken out of production

Available cost-share

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

Required documentation

  • Certificate of completion for a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • A site sketch (hand-drawn or computer-generated) or AgMaps output showing the proposed project location, including:
    • Location of erosion control structure(s)
    • Size of the erosion control structure(s)
    • Location of the outlet of the erosion control structure(s)
    • Catchment size (area of land) draining into the erosion control structure(s)
  • Design plans with details of the erosion control structure(s) and contributing areas may be requested before receiving final approval

Merit assessment criteria

  • Project addresses risk identified in EFP Action Plan
  • Degree of risk associated with the proposed site (e.g., potential for erosion, slope, etc.)

Other useful information

Pictures of cropland showing erosion issues that could be addressed by the proposed project OR pictures of the bank, tile inlet or tile outlet impacted by the proposed project may be provided to demonstrate the need for the project and support the review and merit determination.

An additional 5 per cent in cost-share funding may be 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.

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 1-367 Woodlawn Road W, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K9.

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

New producers are eligible for:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Plans
  • Marketing Plans
  • Nutrient Management and Soil Health Planning
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Animal Health)
  • Food Safety and Traceability Gap Assessment and Pre-audit
  • Food Safety and Traceability Training
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Plant Health)

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?

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• Design plans to be approved by a certified erosion control contractor or a professional engineer and designed in accordance with OMAFRA Publication 832
• 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 before final project approval is issued.