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  • March 12, 2014

Markham-Unionville Community Groups Invited to Protect Great Lakes, Tributaries

Ontario Government Funds Local Action

Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that the Ontario government is calling on communities and grassroots organizations to become Great Lakes Guardians and apply for grants of up to $25,000 to help protect and enhance the Great Lakes.

“This is a great opportunity for groups in our community, like the Friends of the Rouge Watershed who received a 2013 funding grant, to get involved in protecting and preserving the Lake Ontario Watershed.  These are important stewardship projects that will help safeguard our corner of The Great Lakes from stressors such as population growth, new chemicals of concern, invasive species, pollution and climate change that pose a threat to our drinking water, quality of life, and prosperity.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville


The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides grants to community groups for grassroots activities such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline or restoring a wetland. Not-for-profit organizations such as youth, environmental and Aboriginal groups are eligible to apply.

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.

“People know what needs to be done to improve the shorelines and streams 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.”
— The Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment

QUICK FACTS

  • Applications for funding will be accepted until May 9, 2014.
  • 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.
  • More than 4,000 species of plants, fish and wildlife live in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem – one of the most biologically rich regions in Canada.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes form the longest freshwater coastline in the world, stretching more than 11,000 kilometres.


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