Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Program

Any agricultural landowner may apply online for financial assistance to implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) or remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production.

The overall objective of the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Program is environmental sustainability to:

  • Prevent soil erosion and siltation in order to protect watercourses and wetlands;
  • Improve water quality; and
  • Enhance wildlife habitat in areas not currently protected by provincial regulations and agricultural practices.

Before completing the online form below, please review program and funding criteria in the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Program Guidelines.

Am I eligible to apply for ALUS funding?

Any agricultural landowner can apply for funding for the following eligible ALUS activities:

  • Retirement of sensitive land
    • Expanding buffer zones (could add area beyond regulated 15m);
    • Establishing non-regulated grassed headlands; and
    • Retiring high-sloped land.
  • Land under conservation structures; 
  • Maintain livestock fencing adjacent to watercourses and wetlands; and
  • Delayed hay cutting of long-term forage fields.

What do I need to complete the online form?

You will be asked to provide information as follows:

  • Full personal identification and contact information (Demographic information is optional.)
  • Business and industry information, including CRA registration number
  • Type of applicant (selection list offered i.e. Indigenous group, municipal government, primary producer, research body);
  • Department goals aligned to your project, i.e. environmental stewardship; 
  • Program activity area aligned to your project, (selection list offered); and
  • Property number(s) for each parcel of land (owned or leased) to be considered for ALUS funding.

For more information contact:

ALUS Program Information Officer
PEI Department of Agriculture and Land
11 Kent Street, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Telephone: (902) 368-4880
Fax: (902) 368-4857

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Department of Agriculture and Land
5th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street,
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-4880
Fax: 902-368-4857

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