About the Centre for Land Conservation

The Centre for Land Conservation (CLC) is Canada’s institute for land conservation research and policy development and the stewards of the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices.

The CLC champions a whole landscape, whole of society approach to conservation. As an independent organization, the CLC is able to move quickly and work across sectors to realize more, better and faster conservation in Canada through collaborative research and inclusive policy development.

By taking a collaborative approach to research CLC aims to paint a clear picture of the crucial conservation work being done in Canada as well as highlight innovative approaches and new technologies towards developing resilient landscapes.

Areas of focus

Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices

The Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices (CLT S&P) are the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of land trusts in Canada. The CLT S&P have 12 broad standards and 91 practices that provide important guidance for any organization or agency that holds lands or conservation agreements for the benefit of the public. 

Research & Reporting

Our latest report - Forever Protected? The potential for Sector-wide Approaches to Stewardship and Legal Defence of Private Conservation Lands, focuses on the need for sector wide organizational support towards achieving durable stewardship and legal protection.

Performance Assurance Program

Standards and practices, when supported by a verification program, can provide a means to validate the quality of an organization's work, enhance credibility and build public, investor and government trust. The CLC is currently in the design phase of developing such a program for private land conservation organizations in Canada.