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  • March 27, 2013

Province Helping You To Protect The Great Lakes

New Ontario Government Supports Local Action in Markham-Unionville

The new Ontario government is working with communities in Markham-Unionville to help protect and enhance the Great Lakes, MPP Michael Chan announced today.

The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants to community groups for grassroots activities such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline, restoring a wetland, or creating a coastal or riverside trail. Not-for-profit groups such as service clubs, environmental groups, Aboriginal groups, and Scouts Canada troops are eligible.

“Our community has a strong record of environmental leadership and I know there are many local residents who want to protect and preserve the Great Lakes and the rivers that flow into them. If you want to start a stewardship project to protect and restore ecological health in our corner of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin, the provincial government may be able to help with a grant.”
Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to enhance quality of life for families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

“People know what should be fixed on the shorelines of their hometowns. That is why we are providing grants to community groups and organizations that want to help restore and protect the Great Lakes.”
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment


  • Applications for funding will be accepted until April 26, 2013.
  • The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, launched in 2012, provides up to $25,000 per project to restore and protect the Great Lakes and the streams that flow into them.
  • In 2012, 80 applicants worked on projects to improve coastal areas of the Great Lakes.


Read Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy

Find out about the proposed Great Lakes Protection Act

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