National Conservation Plan

National Conservation Plan

October 29, 2014 13:04 ET

Harper Government Invests in Round II Recreational Fisheries Conservation Projects in Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

The Government of Canada investing up to $5.5 million to restore recreational fisheries habitat through the National Conservation Plan

CARLISLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2014) - David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that under the second round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada will provide up to $92,000 to Trout Unlimited Canada for a project to restore fish habitat in Courtcliffe Park, Carlisle, Ontario.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program was announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 to support fisheries habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations. Given its early success and high demand, an additional investment in Economic Action Plan 2014 increased the funding available through the program to a total investment of $25 million.

On May 15, 2014, the National Conservation Plan was launched to provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the country. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken important steps to conserve and restore our country's natural environment and connect Canadians to our rich natural heritage. To date, the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program has invested nearly $6 million under Round I in 94 fisheries habitat restoration projects across Canada, an additional 128 projects under Round II is receiving up to $5.5 million, and most recently over 80 projects are eligible for funding under Round III. Details about the program can be found on the Program's Web site (www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/rfcpp-ppcpr/index-eng.html) where you can also sign up for updates.

Quick Facts

  • This project is part Trout Unlimited Canada's Bronte Creek Watershed Renewal Program.
  • The program is designed to improve coldwater habitat within the Bronte Creek watershed and specifically improve habitat for native Brook and naturalized Brown trout.
  • Under the first round of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, up to $1.2 million had been made available for 16 projects in Ontario.
  • Under the second round, up to $5.5 million for 128 projects to restore recreational fisheries habitat has been approved nationally.
  • Under the third round, up to $6.8M was committed to over 80 projects undertaken between 2014 and 2016.

Quotes

"The restoration of trout habitat in the creeks and ponds at Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle benefit everyone in Flamborough who fishes, hikes, bikes or walks their dog at this local gem. I'm pleased that this project is funded by our Government under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program."

David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

"Trout Unlimited Canada is pleased to be working with many partners including the Federal Government to improve water quality, fisheries and recreational opportunities by repairing Bronte Creek through Courtcliffe Park."

Silvia D'Amelio, Chief Executive Officer, Trout Unlimited Canada

Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-990-7537

    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474