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  • January 15, 2014

Helping Markham Protect Lake Ontario

Ontario Supports Local Action to Keep Lakes Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable

Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario is helping Friends of the Rouge Watershed restore the Rouge River with a $24,940 grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.

“Congratulations to the Friends of the Rouge Watershed for their successful application to help protect Lake Ontario.  Their efforts on this restoration project will improve Markham’s environment and contribute to the health of the Rouge River ecosystem to which this organization is so dedicated.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

The Friends of the Rouge Watershed will lead 700 students and community volunteers in restoring 9 hectares along the Rouge River and its tributaries. This will help protect water quality in the river which flows into Lake Ontario.

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


  • Over 4,000 species of plants, fish and wildlife live in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem – it’s one of the most biologically rich regions in Canada.
  • More than 80 per cent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes basin is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s economic activity.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes form the longest freshwater coastline in the world, stretching more than 11,000 kilometres.
  • The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund will be announcing its third round of call for applications during the winter of 2014.


Learn about Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.

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