Forty-four community-based projects will be receiving $1.9 million in funding through the Ontario government’s Great Lakes Local Action Fund, which supports local projects that protect and restore the Great Lakes.

“The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity—supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples, and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism,” said David Piccini, minister of the environment, conservation, and parks. “This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities—building a better future with clean, green growth.”

The 44 projects are led by community-based organizations, municipalities, conservation authorities, and Indigenous communities and organizations across Ontario, from Ottawa to Thunder Bay. Projects were selected following a competitive review process.

Some of the Recipients include:

  • ALUS Norfolk, which will work with farmers to restore land throughout Long Point Watershed in Norfolk County to reduce agricultural impacts on Lake Erie.
  • The City of Pickering, in collaboration with 50 community and youth groups, will clean up litter along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the rivers and streams that flow into it.
  • Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association, in partnership with Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, will work to restore habitat, improve water quality and clean up the shoreline of Smith Bay Creek, which runs into Lake Huron.

According to the Government of Ontario, supporting local actions that protect the Great Lakes is a key commitment in its plan to protect our land, air, and water.

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