Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 11, 2008 12:00 ET

MP Van Loan Announces First Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Project; Part of Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water

EAST GWILLIMBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 11, 2008) - The Hon. Peter Van Loan, MP for York-Simcoe and Government House Leader, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, today announced funding for the Holland Landing Riparian Planting project in East Gwillimbury.

"After years of hard work and dedication, I am pleased to announce that the first recipient of federal funding to clean up Lake Simcoe is the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority," said Minister Van Loan. "Today's announcement is just the beginning. Over the coming months we will be contributing millions to local organizations to preserve and protect Lake Simcoe."

"We are excited to be partnering with the federal government to clean up Lake Simcoe," said Virginia Hackson, Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. "We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the federal government that results in a healthy, vibrant, and clean lake that the residents of Lake Simcoe can enjoy for decades to come."

In addition to the federal government, the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, the Regional Municipality of York and the Town of East Gwillimbury are all supporting the project. "We are thrilled to be able to leverage private funds with this federal funding. The leadership provided by Peter Van Loan and the Government of Canada helps everyone do more for Lake Simcoe," said Doug Blakey, President, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.

"York Region is pleased to partner with the Conservation Authority and the federal government to preserve and protect Lake Simcoe," said Bill Fisch, Chairman of the Regional Municipality of York.

"Today's announcement by the federal government is a positive step towards improving Lake Simcoe and the Town of East Gwillimbury is proud to be part of it," said James Young, Mayor of East Gwillimbury.

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority will be receiving $6,500 from the Federal Government's Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund. The project will reduce phosphorous and soil erosion by planting riparian areas along the East Holland River.

Projects funded by the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund are designed to preserve and protect the environment of Lake Simcoe. These projects are part of an overall investment of $30 million over five years, which was announced in February 2008.

This investment to clean up Lake Simcoe is part of the Government's Action Plan for Clean Water, which includes projects like the Health of the Oceans initiative to protect Canada's three oceans, the cleanup of Randle Reef in Hamilton Harbour and action on pollution in Lake Winnipeg.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Eric Richer
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Environment Canada
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    819-934-8008 or 1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Hon. Peter Van Loan, MP for York-Simcoe
    Darlene Stone
    Member’s Assistant
    613-996-7752
    Vanlop0@parl.gc.ca