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Canada invests $5.1M in Great Lakes protection

The Great Lakes Protection Initiative supports projects that address key Great Lakes priorities

November 10, 2020  by CM Staff

Government of Canada invests $5.1M to support 46 new projects to improve the Great Lakes. (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

BURLINGTON, Ont. — The Government of Canada announced $5.1 million in funding to support 46 new projects to protect and restore the Great Lakes through the Great Lakes Protection Initiative in 2020–21.

The Great Lakes Protection Initiative supports projects that address key Great Lakes priorities such as restoring areas of concern, preventing toxic and nuisance algae, reducing releases of harmful chemicals, engaging Indigenous Peoples on Great Lakes issues, and increasing public engagement through citizen science.

“Protecting and restoring our Great Lakes require collaboration. The leadership of our many partners and stakeholders on these innovative projects will have a significant impact in improving water quality for millions of Canadians, now and into the future,” said Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, in a prepared statement. “This work matters to the people who live, work, and play on the shores of the Great Lakes, including my family and the community of Burlington.”

In the coming weeks, the Government will be launching consultations on the creation of the new Canada Water Agency, to work with provinces, territories, Indigenous communities, local authorities, and scientists to keep our water safe, clean, and well managed.

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