Environment Canada

Environment Canada

August 17, 2010 09:33 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Projects in Ontario

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2010) - The Honorable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Halton, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for seven new environmental projects in Ontario. In total, $389,750 in federal funding will support local action to reduce pollution, improve air and water quality, and protect wildlife and natural habitat.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, we are seeing real action that is supporting cleaner air, better water quality, and protection of our natural lands," said Minister Raitt. "Through the EcoAction Community Funding Program, the improvements that we are making today for our environment will go a long way to conserving it for the future".

"This government is committed to addressing the environmental priorities of Canadians," said Minister Jim Prentice. "We are proud to support community groups across the country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground environmental projects that will achieve a more sustainable Canada. Your actions, large or small, will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage."

Trout Unlimited Canada's Restoration of Bronte Creek in Lowville Park project is just one of many projects in Ontario that is receiving funding through the EcoAction Community Funding Program. This project examines urban development and human activities that have been putting a strain on Bronte Creek's aquatic ecosystem, causing it to suffer from habitat degradation. This project will restore approximately one kilometre of the creek which will increase habitat, water quality, and biodiversity as well as promote stewardship and restoration activities within the watershed. 

"We are working towards a healthier Bronte Creek and its restoration in Lowville Park is an important step towards protecting and conserving clean fresh water," said Mary Finch, project manager with Trout Unlimited Canada. "This project will serve as a demonstration of a healthy creek ecosystem which will motivate and educate local residents in doing their part for their river."

The EcoAction Community Funding Program is a Government of Canada initiative that supports projects that rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds the capacity of communities and individuals in support of a more sustainable Canada. The seven projects announced today will assist locally-based, non-profit organizations in initiating actions that result in cleaner air, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner water, and the protection of nature at the local community level.

More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is available on Environment Canada's website at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

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