Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 25, 2009 15:09 ET

Environment Canada Supports Community Environmental Projects in Quebec

ST-JOSEPH-DE-COLERAINE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, announced today up to $779,817 in funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for 23 projects in the province of Quebec. The total value of these projects is $2,682,625.

"The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the environmental priorities of Canadians," said Minister Prentice. "We are proud to support community groups across the country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground environmental projects in order to preserve and enhance the quality of Canada's natural heritage."

In the Megantic region, Environment Canada has contributed $82,167 to the Action Belles Rives Grand Lac Saint-Francois project, which aims to renaturalize 300 shoreline properties. This riparian strip will improve the lake's health and is effective in preventing blue algae. To maximize the project's impact, the participating shoreline residents will have to be committed to the revegetation of their properties, to using phosphate-free dishwashing soap, and not using pesticides or fertilizers on their lawns.

"The EcoAction community funding program is a concrete example of how the Government of Canada is helping communities and their citizens enjoy cleaner air, water and land," said Minister Paradis. "And we are supporting projects under this program because we believe on the ground activities like these can and will make a difference."

Each year, Environment Canada funds various groups which help to deliver real results for Canadians and our environment. Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to locally-based, not-for-profit organizations to undertake community-level projects that have positive, measurable results for the environment. The program assists these organizations in initiating projects that result in cleaner air, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner water, and the conservation of nature at the local community level.

"Protecting a lake's water quality includes renaturalization of its shores, but more importantly, a will to take action at every level," said Roger Lamothe, president of L'Association des riverains du Grand Lac Saint-Francois. "Residents, municipalities, farmers and industries must see what they can to ensure water quality and should remember that each action counts."

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


BACKGROUNDER

ENVIRONMENT CANADA'S ECOACTION COMMUNITY FUNDING PROGRAM

Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program supports community-based projects that have measurable, positive impact on the environment. Funded projects engage Canadians in their communities to take action to protect our air, climate, water and nature.

The program provides funding to successful applicants for projects that protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and/or build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future. Funding support can be requested for projects that have an action focus, a community capacity building focus, or a combination of both objectives. Hundreds of EcoAction projects are currently underway or have been completed across Canada over the years.

Applicants must ensure that at least 50 per cent of the total value of their project comes from sources other than the federal government. This leveraging can take the form of either financial or in-kind resources such as volunteered labour, products, or services. Partner funding and other support broaden the scope of projects, improve on-the-ground results, and strengthen the public and private collaboration that is essential to involving all Canadians.

Some of the funded activities include projects aimed at reducing individual greenhouse gas emissions by getting people to carpool or ride the bus; improving water quality by reducing the amount of pesticides or household hazardous substances entering streams and lakes; working to reduce air emissions that contribute to air pollution; and restoring and protecting natural habitat. These are a few of the ways that Canadians are improving the environment in their communities with the help of the EcoAction Community Funding Program.

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

Egalement offert en francais

A Backgrounder entitled: "Contributions of EcoAction Community Funding Program in Quebec in 2009-2010" is available at the following address:
http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/back.doc

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations
    819-934-8008
    1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of Public Works
    and Government Services Canada
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
    Press Secretary
    819-997-5421