Environment Canada

Environment Canada

December 10, 2009 12:08 ET

Government of Canada Invests $194,000 for Shore Protection and Wildlife Habitat Restoration in the Iles-de-la-Paix Archipelago

BEAUHARNOIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2009) - Canada's Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, today announced a grant of $194,000 from the Environmental Damages Fund to the Societe d'amenagement du Parc des iles-de-la-Paix for the stabilization of 500 metres of shoreline and the restoration of wildlife habitats.

This sum is in addition to the $200,000 that has already allotted to the organization under the Community Interaction Program of the 2005-2010 St. Lawrence Plan for the building of a 200-metre seawall and to the riprapping of 50 metres of shoreline at Ile des Faubert. This new contribution will be used to increase the actions proposed to date and to extend the shore protection to 500 metres.

"I am especially happy that the money allocated from the Environmental Damages Fund can be used to help safeguard and protect waterfowl breeding areas. This local initiative demonstrates the importance of working with local communities to achieve our environmental protection and conservation objectives," said Minister Prentice.

The Iles-de-la-Paix archipelago is a national wildlife area and a migratory bird sanctuary, which belongs to Environment Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service. The site is one of the last major natural environments of Lac Saint-Louis for sensitive animal and plant species.

The Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment Canada, is funded through fines levied by the courts on businesses, government institutions or citizens guilty of offences, under federal legislation, that have an impact on the environment or natural resources. These funds are to be used for projects to restore and improve damaged natural environments. They may also be used for public awareness and education purposes.

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