Funding Sources

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation receives revenue from a variety of sources. We use this revenue to provide funding for conservation projects happening across British Columbia.

The percentage of our revenue derived from particular sources varies annually, but the following graphic represents averages based on our recent financial statements.

Licence Surcharges

HCTF’s largest source of funding comes from a conservation surcharge on freshwater fishing, hunting, trapping and guide outfitting licences sold in BC. The surcharge amount varies for each licence type – see the Hunting Licence Regulation of BC’s Wildlife Act for more information on surcharges on hunting licences, and Schedule C of the Angling and Scientific Regulation section of the Wildlife Act for information on fishing licence surcharges.

You can purchase your Freshwater Fishing licence online using the BC Government’s e-licencing system. 100% of the revenue from freshwater fishing licences goes back into the resource, with the conservation surcharge directed to HCTF and the fee portion provided to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

You can now also purchase a BC resident hunting licence online – please visit the BC government website for details.

Investment Income

HCTF manages multiple endowments and uses the investment income to fund BC conservation projects.

Court Awards

HCTF is named as a potential recipient of court awards in 5 different environmental statutes. You can read more about projects we’ve supported using court awarded funds in the Investing with Revenue from Creative Sentencing report.

Special Permits

HCTF receives 85% of the proceeds from the annual auction for a special permit to hunt a wild sheep in BC. HCTF invests ¾ of this amount into projects focussed on wild sheep conservation, and the remaining ¼ is reserved for projects benefitting other species that use the same habitats as mountain sheep. You can read more about our investment of special permits funds in this report.