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Helping Protect the Great Lakes

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Helping Protect the Great Lakes

New Ontario Government Supports Local Action

The new Ontario government is working with communities to help protect and enhance 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, or restoring a wetland. Not-for-profit groups such as service clubs, environmental groups, Aboriginal groups, and Scouts Canada troops are eligible.

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

Quick Facts

  • Applications for funding will be accepted until April 26, 2013.
  • The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, launched in 2012, provides up to $25,000 per project to restore and protect the Great Lakes and the streams that flow into them.
  • In 2012, 80 applicants worked on projects to improve coastal areas of the Great Lakes.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes Basin is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s economic activity and 95 per cent of Ontario's agricultural land.

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“People know what should be fixed on the shorelines of their hometowns. That is why we are providing grants to community groups and organizations that want to help restore and protect the Great Lakes.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

“The Great Lakes Basin is one of the most ecologically rich regions in North America. These grants encourage hundreds of like-minded people to come together to protect and restore the Basin’s biodiversity, which includes a number of fish and wildlife species and the habitats in which they live.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

“First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Ontario have a strong and unique bond with the Great Lakes. I encourage all First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations to apply to this fund to help restore and protect these important waterways.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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