Ontario Funding Projects in Etobicoke-Lakeshore to Help Protect the Great LakesPublished on July 22, 2021
The Ontario government is investing over $157,000 for five projects in Toronto to help protect and improve the Great Lakes.
“Etobicoke-Lakeshore is home to some of the most beautiful shores of Lake Ontario. Through our government’s Great Lakes Local Action Fund, the wonderful non-profit organizations Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, I-Think and A Greener Future will work with communities and residents in Etobicoke-Lakeshore to clean up shores and protect species in the Lake Ontario,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. “This is a great initiative to support local projects that protect and restore costal, shoreline and nearshore areas of the Great Lakes.”
These projects are a part of 44 community-based projects to receive $1.9 million in funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund.
“The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity – supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities – building a better future for clean, green growth.”
Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Christine Hogarth announced further details about the projects benefitting Etobicoke-Lakeshore:
- Love Your Lake: A Greener Future received $30,000 to engage communities and conduct 100 litter clean-ups along the shores of Lake Ontario between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Kingston.
- Youth Agency Creating Waves On The Great Lakes: I-Think received $49,996 to enhance ecological and shoreline remediation along nine creeks and rivers in the Lake Ontario watershed through classroom engagement.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention: the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters received $27,090 to build community capacity to remove invasive species in the Lake Ontario watershed.
Supporting local actions that protect the Great Lakes is a key commitment in our plan to protect our land, air and water.
- Ontario launched a call for applications for the Great Lakes Local Action Fund in the fall of 2020.
- 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water is found in the Great Lakes, making it the largest lake system in the world.
- 95 per cent of the province’s agricultural lands are in the basin of the Great Lakes.
- The Governments of Canada and Ontario recently signed the ninth Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health, which sets out specific actions each government will take to protect and restore the Great Lakes.
- Ontario invests approximately $14 million per year in actions to protect and restore the Great Lakes, including projects that support commitments in the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health and Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.
- Learn more about the Great Lakes Local Action Fund and the project recipients.
- Learn about Ontario’s plan to protect our land, air and water.
- Learn more about the Great Lakes and its watersheds
- Learn how the government is Protecting the Great Lakes
- Read the ninth Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health
For media inquiries, please contact:
Office of MPP Christine Hogarth, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Email: [email protected]