Ontario is calling on community groups to help protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant.
- Planting trees
- Creating rain gardens
- Restoring wetland habitat
- Controlling invasive species
- Cleaning up beaches or shorelines
- Naturalizing stream banks and shorelines.
- This year’s fund will award $1.5 million in total for eligible projects.
- Since 2012, $4.5 million has been awarded to 221 community-based projects in Great Lakes watershed areas, including the St. Lawrence River Basin and the Ottawa River.
- Projects must be completed by February 2017.
- Since 2012, more than 11,000 volunteers have helped plant 85,125 trees, release 2,133 fish, create or enhance 643 kilometres of trail and collect 586 bags of garbage.
- Ontario’s Great Lakes Basin is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s economic activity and 95 per cent of Ontario’s agricultural land.
- Learn about the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
- Read Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.
- Find out about the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act.
“I strongly encourage people to become local guardians of their lakes and apply for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant. This fund gives communities the opportunity to undertake activities that will make a real difference for the environment, while uniting community members around a common goal. The fund not only recognizes and supports our local Great Lakes champions, it empowers them to do their part to restore, protect and conserve our Great Lakes to keep them drinkable, swimmable and fishable.” – Glen R. Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change