Lake Superior Restoration and Protection Funds Available
Posted on: December 14, 2016
George Creek
Volunteers work on a project to rehabilitate fish habitat at George Creek in Thunder Bay. The project received support from the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund.

The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund (GLSF), administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is mandated to restore degraded Canadian Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. Every year at this time The Fund solicits project proposals that will contribute to the completion of actions identified in Remedial Action Plans, or cleanup plans, for these Areas of Concern.

Funded projects restore benefits associated with a clean, well-functioning ecosystem, like swimming, fishing and ability to drink the water. Projects also assist in removing sites from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

Much of the watershed around Thunder Bay is included in this Area of Concern. Projects can include restoration, assessment or protection of water quality, fish or wildlife habitat. Current priorities for Thunder Bay include: water quality as it relates to recreational beaches, fish and wildlife habitat assessment and restoration. The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund does not support funding for capital or operating costs of municipal infrastructure or capital funding for land acquisition.

The Government of Canada encourages action toward the shared vision of a healthy, prosperous and sustainable Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem for present and future generations. The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, a component of the Government of Canada’s Great Lakes Action Plan, helps to fulfill Canada’s commitments under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the renewed Canada Ontario Agreement.


Projects linked below received GLSF funding as well as funding from other sources

GLSF General Funding Criteria

RAP and Environment & Climate Change Canada Contacts

Description of GLSF Funded McIntyre River Project

Description of Nipigon Bay/Nipigon River Lagoon Walleye Rehabilitation Project

Pictures of Kama Creek Rehabilitation Project (east of Nipigon)

Pictures of George Creek Project (in Centennial Park, Thunder Bay



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