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Helping Ontarians Protect Great Lakes

McGuinty Government Launches Community Action Fund

Ontario is launching a new initiative to help communities protect their part of the Great Lakes. 

The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants to community groups for grassroots activities such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline, restoring a wetland, or creating a coastal or riverside trail. Not-for-profit groups such as service clubs, environmental groups and scout troops are eligible.

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the McGuinty government's plan to enhance the quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

Quick Facts

  • Applications for the first round of funding will be accepted until October 12, 2012. Grants will begin to be awarded soon after the application period starts.
  • The program provides up to $25,000 per project for local actions to protect the Great Lakes and the streams that flow into them.
  • Ontario's Great Lakes form the longest freshwater coastline in the world stretching more than 11,000 kilometres.

Background Information

Additional Resources


Jim Bradley

“We all need healthy Great Lakes for drinking water, food, electricity, enjoyment and employment. If you want to clean up your corner of the Great Lakes, you can apply for a modest grant to help put your good ideas into action.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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    Communications Branch



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  • David Mullock

    Minister's Office





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