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.
- Applications are now being accepted for the next round of Ontario Community Environment Fund grants. Applications for funding will be accepted until November 8, 2013.
- In 2012, 16 Environmental Penalty Orders were issued adding $165,395 to the Ontario Community Environment Fund.
- Eligible groups can apply for more than $320,000 available across 13 communities where penalties were collected.
- Municipalities, schools, conservation authorities, First Nations and Métis communities and other not-for-profit organizations in the 13 communities may apply for a 2013 OCEF grant.
“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.”