Helping Communities Restore and Protect the Environment
Ontario Supporting Community-based Environmental Projects
Ontario is using penalties collected from environmental violations to fund 12 community projects to restore and protect the environment.
Projects include restoring river banks by planting native trees and plants, protecting ecosystems from invasive species and undertaking environmental health assessments.
The Ontario Community Environment Fund supports environmental improvement projects in the watershed where a violation happened. Environmental penalties are issued to industries that have spilled a contaminant into the environment or that did not comply with regulatory requirements.
Protecting our watersheds is good for the environment and good for the economy and is a key part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, create jobs, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Applications are now being accepted for the next round of Ontario Community Environment Fund grants. Applications for funding will be accepted until November 5, 2014.
- In 2013, $113,781.20 was collected and added to the Ontario Community Environment Fund.
- Eligible groups can apply for more than $161,208 available across 15 communities where penalties were collected.
“The Ontario Community Environment Fund invests in communities. It builds capacity for our schools, municipalities, conservation authorities, First Nations and Métis communities to take action to improve the environment in areas where a spill or violation has happened.”