Invasive Plant Control Program


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Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) agreement, the Federal and Provincial governments have committed to invest $3.15 million in the Pest Biosecurity Program for the remainder of CAP to March 31, 2023.  SARM will continue to deliver this program and administer a network of Plant Health Officers (PHO) across the province along with three rebate programs based on a 50:50 cost-share, one each focused on invasive plant control, rat control and nuisance beaver control. 

In 2021-22, SARM will administer a 50:50 cost-share rebate program to provide financial assistance to rural municipalities (RM), First Nations Bands (FNB) south of the Northern Administrative District, and through RMs and FNBs, other stakeholders with costs to undertake and coordinate the control of Prohibited Weeds as well as specific Noxious Weeds that are persistent and problematic invasive plants.

The CAP-IPCP is designed to achieve maximum results and accountability while focusing on early detection and rapid response (EDRR) as the first line of defense to identify, assess, and respond to invasive plant species. 

The cost-share funding for the program is in the amount of $500,000 this program year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022).

The 2021-22 CAP-IPCP funding will provide rebates of no more than 50% of approved costs to RMs, FNBs, and other stakeholders:

  • For all weeds designated as Prohibited Weeds under The Weed Control Act:
    • 50% of the cost of pre-approved eligible herbicides; and
    • 50% of the cost of application of those pre-approved eligible herbicides.
  • For Noxious Weeds approved under the current program (absinthe, field bindweed, common burdock, bladder campion, ox-eye daisy, black henbane, hoary cress, hoary alyssum, leafy spurge, Russian knapweed, yellow toadflax, common tansy and wild parsnip):
    • Up to 50% of the cost of pre-approved eligible herbicides.

Eligible Applicants to Claim through the CAP-IPCP

  • Rural Municipalities (RMs)
  • First Nations Bands (FNBs)
  • Other Stakeholders eligible to claim through RMs and FNBs:
    • Agricultural Producers
    • Private Land owners (includes individual renters of rural reserve lands)
    • Cities/Towns/Villages/Municipal Districts (eligible to claim for Prohibited Weeds only)



July 2, 2021

  • Current Weed Management Plan (WMP)
  • 2021 Weed Inspector appointment letter
  • Cooperative Weed Management Area agreement (if applicable)

October 31, 2021:

  • Claim Forms; one for each weed species being claimed
  • Copy of Herbicide Application Records for each claim form
  • Copy of invoices for the purchase of pre-approved herbicides used in this program year
  • For Prohibited Weeds only:  up to 50% of herbicide application costs are eligible to expenses provided a copy of invoices are provided to support pre-approved herbicide


2022 Weed Inspector & Land Manager Webinars 

The SARM Plant Health Officers and Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture have partnered to deliver a series of three, free monthly webinars for Weed Inspectors and Land Managers in the first quarter of 2022. Each webinar will be about an hour in length and held over the noon hour (12:00 to 1:00 pm).

The webinars are free of charge and registration is required. Once your registration is received for each webinar, you will be sent an email with the link to join the webinar.

Register Here

January 19:

Herbicides for Invasive Weed Management (webinar video)
Herbicides for Invasive Weed Management (PDF)
Herbicides for Invasive Weed Management (CEC Quiz)

February 16:
Weeds to Watch For - Katey Makonhoniuk, CCA, TechAg Plant Health Officer & Joanne Kwasnicki, PAg Plant Health Officer

March 23:
Biocontrol for Invasive Weed Management - Rosemarie De Clerck-Floate, PhD Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada & Joanne Kwasnicki, PAg Plant Health Officer

2021 Weed Inspector Webinars 

Weed Inspector 101 (webinar video)
Weed Management Plans (PDF)

Field Work 101 (webinar video)
iMapInvasive Tutorial (PDF)
Set up Email Alerts for iMapInvasive (PDF)
Field Skills & Tools (PDF)

Common Issues & FAQs for Weed Inspectors & Land Managers (webinar video)
Common Weed Inspector Questions (PDF)
The Weed Control Act - Application to Organics (PDF)

Weed Identification 101 (webinar video)
Weed Identification (PDF)

2020 Weed Inspector Webinar

The Weed Control Act Enforcement Process (webinar video)
The Weed Control Act Enforcement Process (PDF)

Plant Health Officers

Katey Makohoniuk, Division 1 or 306-594-7683

Joanne Kwasnicki, Division 2 or 306-541-8437

Betty Johnson, Division 3 or 306-315-3925

Lynne Roszell, Division 4 or 306-852-8328

Chelsea Neuberger, Division 5 or 306-380-4526

Colleen Fennig, Division 6 or 306-946-9895

PBP Contact Sheet and SARM Division Map


Annette Ellert, Programs Administrator or 306-761-3744