In February 2020, the Centre for Land Conservation (CLC), with generous support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, hosted a national forum for land trusts in Canada. The objective of the workshop was to explore ways in which implementation of the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices can best be demonstrated and to discuss considerations for the design of an approach that independently provides performance assurance of such implementation efforts.

Prior to the forum, the CLC broadly engaged the land trust community and convened an Advisory Committee to provide advice and recommendations on the design and structure of a performance assurance program in Canada and on the consultation and engagement process for the development of such a program. 

Building on the engagement initiated at the forum, the CLC proposes the following steps for the development of the performance assurance program.

The timelines indicated below are general guidelines and will be adjusted as needed based on stakeholder input and progress.

Preparing for broad consultations
(Jun-Aug 2020)
  • Prepare draft performance assurance program
  • Consult via e-mail and video/phone conferencing   
  • Advisory Committee
  • Working Group
  • Other experts (e.g. standards organizations)

Open consultation 
(Aug-Oct 2020)   

  • Consult on draft performance assurance program
  • Adjust program design as required   
  • Conservation organization community and other stakeholders
  • Advisory Committee
  • Working Group   
Ground truthing
(Feb-June 2021)   
  • Prepare materials and tools
  • Identify organizations interested in testing the program
  • Host workshops and test program with identified land trusts   
  • Working Group
  • Conservation organizations to test
(July-Dec 2021)   
  • Revise program, tools and materials
  • If necessary, further test program   
  • Advisory Committee
  • Working Group
  • Conservation organizations to test
Soft launch
  • As the program is voluntary, work with conservation organizations interested in participating in the program including training and other support and advice required by the participating organization   
  • Interest conservation organizations