News release: Province helping to protect the Great Lakes
Laurel Broten, M.P.P. Etobicoke – Lakeshore
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2013
Province Helping You To Protect the Great Lakes
New Ontario Government Supports Local Action
Etobicoke – The new Ontario government is working with communities in Etobicoke-Lakeshore to help protect and enhance the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants to community groups for grassroots activities such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline, restoring a wetland, or creating a coastal or riverside trail. Not-for-profit groups such as service clubs, environmental groups, Aboriginal groups, and Scouts Canada troops are eligible.
Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to enhance quality of life for families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.
“People know what should be fixed on the shorelines of their hometowns. That is why we are providing grants to community groups and organizations that want to help restore and protect the Great Lakes.”
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment
“I know there are many people in Etobicoke-Lakeshore who want to protect and preserve Lake Ontario and the rivers that flow into it. If you want to start a stewardship project in our corner of Lake Ontario, the provincial government may be able to help with a small funding grant.”
— Laurel Broten, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Applications for funding will be accepted until April 26, 2013.
- The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, launched in 2012, provides up to $25,000 per project to restore and protect the Great Lakes and the streams that flow into them.
- In 2012, 80 applicants worked on projects to improve coastal areas of the Great Lakes.
Learn about the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
Read Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy
Find out about the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act
Contact: Wendy McNaughton
Office of Laurel Broten, MPP
Some previous blog posts, for your interest, dealing with the Great Lakes:
Great Lakes experiencing ‘new stresses’ – CBC News, March 15, 2013/
Along the shore (Jane Fairburn 2013)
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