Do you want to protect and conserve your property? There are several conservation options you can choose from. From a simple conservation easement to a donation of your land to a conservation organization, there are multiple ways to conserve. Tax benefits are often possible, depending on the selected option:
- Conserve through a donation of land
- Conserve land while maintaining ownership
- Make an ecological gift
- Make a monetary donation
Conserve through a donation of land
By donating land to a local, regional or national conservation organization, the owner ensures that the natural environments on it will be protected in perpetuity. He renounces his ownership rights and is no longer responsible for the payment of taxes associated with this property. The owner can benefit from tax credits and other interesting tax advantages. To find out more, contact us or consult this explanatory document from the Quebec Ministry of the Environment (in French): La conservation volontaire : vous pouvez faire la différence
Conserve land while maintaining ownership
An owner can protect land for conservation by having it designated as a nature reserve in a private environment or by agreeing to a conservation easement.
Nature reserve in a private environment
A landowner can protect land for conservation by obtaining the status of nature reserve in a private environment. This status makes it possible to protect the land in perpetuity, while retaining ownership. This option requires a signed agreement between the owner and the Quebec Ministry of the Environment. This agreement is accompanied by certain tax advantages, while still allowing landowners to retain ownership and certain rights.
The Quebec Ministry of the Environment offers more information about nature reserves in a private environment (réserves naturelles, in French), or contact us.
A conservation easement is another option that allows landowners to protect natural environments, while remaining the owner of the property. An easement is associated with certain limits on usage rights which are required to maintain the ecological integrity of the land. An easement is possible for land that has a physical or ecological link with a “dominant” land (another property) belonging to a conservation organization. A conservation easement offers interesting tax advantages.
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It is possible to donate land or a conservation easement to a recognized conservation organization like Conservation Lakefield. Conservation Lakefield has certification under the Ecological Gifts Program administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Created in 1995, this program provides significant tax benefits to owners who wish to donate their land and protect its ecological value.
Conservation Lakefield can assist you in the steps required to make an ecological donation, including the certification of the eco-sensitivity of the land and its market evaluation, which must be approved by the Quebec Ministry of the Environment. The federal government’s Ecological Gifts Program webpage provides more information about this donation option and possible tax advantages.
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Make a monetary donation
Is nature conservation important to you? Do our projects inspire you? Why not make a monetary donation to help Conservation Lakefield pursue our mission?
- Become a member of Conservation Lakefield with a donation of $50 or more per year.
- Become a lifetime member with a donation of $2,000 or more during the calendar year.
There are three ways to donate :
- By check, by completing the donation form and mailing your check payable to Conservation Lakefield.
- By Interac, using the email address email@example.com
- By credit card or Interac directly on our secure Canadon webpage: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/45994
Conservation Lakefield is entirely run by volunteers. Your donations are used to fund the conservation of natural environments, including :
- Costs of acquiring a property
- Maintaining a stewardship fund to pay taxes and maintain the properties
- Professional fees, such as surveyors, appraisers and notaries
- Administration costs, such as insurance and bank charges
Other types of donations, including corporate donations, are possible. Please contact us to discuss other options.