Standards & Practices Capacity Building

The resources below are designed to make it easier for you to conserve your land and ensure that it remains in its natural state for years to come.

Standards & Practices 

The Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices (CLT S&P) have been adopted from the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and developed to guide land trusts in transparent and responsible governance and operations. The CLT S&P has 12 standards and 91 practices. The Centre for Land Conservation (CLC), which was established in 2019 stewards the CLT S&P. CLC is currently developing a Performance Assurance Program for private land conservation organizations in Canada.

The ACLT is working with the regional alliances to provide land trusts across Canada access to information, education, self-assessment, and training associated with the CLT S&P. We are currently working on a national platform that will allow land trusts across Canada to assess their organization for their compliance and progress on the application of the CLT S&P.  Please check back for updates. 

Assessing Your Organization (AYO) Tool

The Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts thanks the Ontario Land Trusts Alliance (OLTA) for permission to share their Assessing Your Organization Program (AYO) with ACLT-ACOC members. The six-part program is available here in English and French.

OLTA’s Assessing Your Organization Program (AYO) is intended to help strengthen land trusts through a systematic review and discussion of their governance and operating practices in light of the 2019 Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices (CLT S&Ps).

The AYO was designed for land trusts and other groups that wish to undertake an analysis of their progress toward implementing the CLT S&Ps. The AYO process helps land trust boards meet legal requirements and regulations, recruit and train excellent board members, set priorities for organizational development, as well as secure land efficiently and effectively for conservation and protection. 


To provide reference points to enhance and strengthen capacity building, OLTA, RMN, and LTABC have worked together with member land trusts to gather a collection of resources. Please note that the legal terms and systems used in these resources may vary from one province to another. Therefore, please make sure the information provided applies to your situation.

The documents are provided in their original form: English or French. If you need support in understanding or translating the documents, please contact your provincial association.

Resources are grouped within the 12 Standards and Practices categories. Please follow the links below to access the documents in each standard.