Great Lakes Local Action Fund

Published on September 28, 2020

As part of the government’s commitment in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, Ontario is providing $5.8 million in funding for 65 Canada-Ontario Great Lakes Agreement projects, as well as up to $1.67 million for the new Great Lakes Local Action Fund. The new program that will provide up to $50,000 to local projects that have a positive environmental impact on the Great Lakes, as well as social or economic benefits for their communities. 


Our lakes, waterways and groundwater are the foundation of Ontario’s economic prosperity and well-being – supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples, supporting Ontario’s economy, and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism.


Ontario is taking action to restore the province’s Great Lakes by investing a total of $7.47 million in projects that will help address environmental challenges such as harmful pollutants, excess nutrients and rising levels of invasive species.


The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is providing the $5.8 million to fund for 65 new Great Lakes projects run by communities, organizations, universities and Indigenous peoples that focus on improving water quality.


The $1.67 million for the new Great Lakes Local Action Fund, will provide up to $50,000 for projects led by local groups to protect and restore coastal, shoreline and nearshore areas of the Great Lakes and the rivers and streams that flow into them.


Supporting local actions that protect and restore the Great Lakes are truly key commitments in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to ensure water resources and ecosystems are enjoyed now and in the future. 


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