Yesterday, the federal government announced support for 58 EcoAction Community Funding Programs to help support local action on climate change and water conservation.
Announced by federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, $4.3 million will be directed to projects across Canada.
Included in the funding is $100,000 for the World Wildlife Fund Canada’s clean water project, which aims to improve water quality in the Great Lakes Basin by reducing excessive winter salt application on roads.
“Protecting the environment and growing the economy are priorities for our government. We are proud to support community groups that are taking action to preserve water resources and promote energy-efficient practices,” said McKenna. “By working together with communities and EcoAction projects like these, we can ensure a healthier and more prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”
BC Sustainable Energy Association’s Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program will also receive $100,000. The organization’s project aims encourage and empower high school students and their families to reduce their ecological footprint by delivering interactive environmental workshops on climate change and solutions for sustainability.
Outcomes from the funded projects are expected to help protect, stabilize, or improve up to 8,558 hectares of shoreline and reduce water consumption by 60,925,140 litres—the equivalent of what 685 Canadians consume in a year.
Other projects will address microplastic pollution, wetland conservation, shoreline stabilization, and other water conservation efforts. A full list of projects can be found here.