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Turning Spill Penalties into Environmental Benefits

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Turning Spill Penalties into Environmental Benefits

Ontario to Award Grants for Community Projects

Ontario is using penalties collected from environmental violations to fund 10 projects to restore and protect the environment.

Projects being funded include waterway habitat improvements, shoreline tree plantings, and spill prevention.

Environmental penalties are issued to industries that have spilled a contaminant into the environment, or that did not comply with regulatory requirements. The Ontario Community Environment Fund (OCEF) uses the penalties collected from those spillers to support environmental improvement projects, if possible in the watershed where a violation happened.

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

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“The Ontario Community Environment Fund is built on the principle that polluters must pay for breaking environmental laws. The money from the environmental penalties collected will have a direct benefit to communities. It helps empower them to take action to improve the environment.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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