Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 13, 2010 13:16 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Projects in Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2010) - Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Humboldt, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for two new environmental projects in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In total, $173,300 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, Canada has demonstrated great leadership," said MP Trost. "In Saskatoon, our government, in partnership with Agriculture in the Classroom Inc. and the Meewasin Valley Authority, is making a significant contribution to biodiversity by showing Canadians how they can take action to improve local water quality and become better stewards of our environment."

"This government 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 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."

The first project will enable Agriculture in the Classroom to partner with five community schools to establish Greenscapades outdoor learning gardens, which will introduce transformative, garden-based education methods. 

"With generous support from Environment Canada, we will give students an opportunity to connect with the environment and empower them to become agents of change in their communities," said Sara Shymko, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom.

The second project will engage the community of the South Saskatchewan River Valley in the restoration and protection of the Northeast Swale. Project activities will include the clean-up of areas damaged through human activity, removal of non-native species, and establishment of native plant species. An event called a bio-blitz will educate volunteers on the value of this natural area and how to assist in its conservation.

"We are very excited to teach new neighbours to the area about the unique and sensitive values of the 225-hectare site and how to be good stewards," said Brenda Wallace, resource planning manager. 

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 two 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 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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