Environment Canada

Environment Canada

January 25, 2010 10:28 ET

Government of Canada Opens State-of-the-Art Aquatic Life Research Facility at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, officially opened the new Aquatic Life Research Facility at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. The new facility is a $4.6 million state-of-the-art laboratory designed for studying the health of fish and other aquatic life in the contexts of exposure to potential environmental stressors. Built as a joint project between Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, it provides space for scientists, graduate students, and university partners.

"We're very proud of the new Aquatic Life Research Centre. It is a modern solution to providing better water management practices," said Minister Shea. "The Aquatic Life Research Facility is a self-contained laboratory that is expected to attract graduate students, young scientists, and university professors, as well as collaborators from provincial and federal fisheries and environmental fields in such a way that will make this region a leader in the scientific community," said Minister Shea.

"The Government of Canada is committed to funding scientific research that benefits Canadians. We are investing in Canada's future competitiveness and growth. This facility's research will support our Government's action to protect the health and safety of Canadians and the Canadian environment," said Minister Prentice.

"Ensuring that our scientists have access to safe, modern and well-equipped facilities plays an essential role in developing and maintaining expertise in aquatic research," added Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington. "By investing in our federal laboratories and in scientific research, the Government of Canada can better manage these important resources for all Canadians."

The new Aquatic Life Research Facility will allow scientists to study various aquatic health issues more effectively including:

- Effects of contaminants, such as chemical and biological stressors, on aquatic life;

- Impacts of changes to the food chain, water quality and temperature;

- Effects of aquatic invasive species on other aquatic life;

- Study of native species and their life cycle, including species at risk.

These studies will help the Government of Canada to meet its commitments under the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Species at Risk Act and other freshwater policies and regulations.

The lab will employ the latest water recirculation technology to ensure the efficient use of water and energy. The new Aquatic Life Research Centre complies with the extensive Canada Council for Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines, as well as the very latest Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit: www.ec.gc.ca.

Egalement offert en francais

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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations