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Restoring Great Lakes to Protect Ontario's Future

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Restoring Great Lakes to Protect Ontario's Future

The New Ontario Government Makes Great Lakes Protection a Priority

Ontario is re-introducing legislation today that, if passed, would ensure cleaner and healthier Great Lakes that are protected for future generations. 

The proposed Great Lakes Protection Act would provide new tools to restore and protect the lakes and create a council to identify priorities and recommend actions to address them.

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

Quick Facts

  • More than 80 per cent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes basin is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s economic activity.
  • More than 95 per cent of Ontario's agricultural land is in the Great Lakes basin.

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“The new Ontario government is acting today to ensure our Great Lakes remain drinkable, swimmable and fishable. We will continue to seek advice from people around the lakes as we finalize this proposed act.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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