Clean, freshwater is essential to the health, safety, and well-being of our communities. The Government of Canada is committed to finding nature-based solutions to keep water safe, clean, and well-managed for future generations.
Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced close to $4 million in funding to support fifty-two new projects over the next four years under the EcoAction Community Funding Program.
The projects funded this year will have measurable and positive impacts on the environment and engage communities across the country. Projects are focused on improving freshwater quality through actions that reduce harmful substances in freshwater and restore and protect freshwater ecosystem health.
For example, the Lac La Biche Region Watershed Stewardship Society in Alberta will receive $60,000 to improve water quality and watershed resilience in the Lac La Biche watershed by mitigating stormwater impacts, providing wildlife habitat, capturing carbon, and developing educational opportunities for the community. Manitoulin Streams in Ontario will receive $30,000 to engage Indigenous youth from Wiikwemkoong First Nation to remove invasive plants and restore spawning sites in their community.
EcoAction provides financial support to non-profit and non-governmental organizations for local action-based projects that achieve results in order to improve water quality and contribute to the protection of Canada’s freshwater. Recently, the Government of Canada launched a call for proposals for project funding under EcoAction for 2022–2023. Applications will be accepted until January 11, 2022.
“Canadians understand how important fresh water is to our health, economy, and the well being of our communities. To be effective in protecting this valued resource and addressing water quality challenges, we need to continue to strengthen collaboration and engagement within communities, with youth, and with Indigenous peoples.”
– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change