Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)




ALUS Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that supports the delivery of the ALUS program across the country. 
Active in six provinces to date, the ALUS program provides a financial incentive for producing valuable ecological services on Canadian farmland.

These ecological services include clean air, clean water, flood mitigation, climate adaptation, carbon sequestration, species at risk habitat and support for our native bees and pollinators.

Specifically, ALUS helps farmers and ranchers restore wetlands, reforest, plant windbreaks, install riparian buffers, manage sustainable drainage systems, create pollinator habitat and establish other ecologically beneficial projects on their properties. What’s more, ALUS provides annual payments to ensure the ongoing stewardship of each ALUS project.

For over a decade now, ALUS Canada has been building excellent relationships within agricultural communities while perfecting its unique mechanism for delivering conservation outcomes from Canada’s rural acres.

Thanks to the generous commitment of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and other dedicated supporters, ALUS Canada is rapidly expanding into many new communities across the country.

In this way, ALUS turns marginal farmland into healthy ecosystems, linking Canada’s natural heritage across agricultural lands.



ALUS first came to Saskatchewan as a pilot project in 4 rural municipalities near Regina.  It 2015 it expanded to all of the Wascana and Upper Qu'Appelle Watersheds to form ALUS-WUQWATR.  

For more information about ALUS WUQWATR or to inquire about how you can get involved, please contact Sarah at 306-529-5125 or email


FAQ & ALUS Principles


ALUS Principles

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