Funding for Great Lakes protection

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has announced a series of new environmental funding opportunities as part of their Great Lakes Proection Initiative, ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 for projects that restore water quality and ecosystem health, with requests for applications due by March 3.

This funding is widely accessible. Eligible recipients include conservation authorities, indigenous communities or their governments; indigenous organizations or associations, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, not for profit organizations; for profit organizations; and research, academic, and educational institutions.

The ECCC provides this funding to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health. However, the work must be conducted in the ECCC’s prescribed Areas of Concern, which are:

  • Thunder Bay
  • Nipigon Bay
  • Peninsula Harbour
  • St. Marys River
  • St. Clair River
  • Detroit River
  • Niagara River
  • Hamilton Harbour
  • Toronto and Region
  • Port Hope Harbour
  • Bay of Quinte
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Spanish Harbour
  • Jackfish Bay

Eligible project types include those which contribute to directly eliminating identified “beneficial use impairments” through action, engagement and/or science.

Action projects include implementing remedial actions that result in environmental improvement, including habitat rehabilitation, rural non-point source control, contaminated sediment remediation, municipal wastewater treatment, and urban storm water/combined sewer overflow control.

Engagement projects include supporting strategic engagement with local communities for Remedial Action Plan work planning, implementation and decision-making towards restoring beneficial use impairments.

Science projects include conducting science and monitoring to assess the status of beneficial use impairments against delisting targets and informing remedial action planning and implementation.

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