Environment Minister David Anderson Announces $2.9 Million for Community Environmental Projects - More than $768,000 in Ontario Region
TORONTO, June 3, 2003 - The Honourable David Anderson, Minister of the Environment, today announced the commitment of $2.9 million in funding for 96 environmental projects in communities across Canada. In Ontario Region, 23 projects were approved for a total commitment of $768,701.
"The participation of individuals and communities is crucial to the success of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to improve the quality and conservation of water resources and to protect species and habitat," said Minister Anderson. "I congratulate the initiative of the organizations and volunteers involved with these projects, and invite recipient communities across the country to join them in their efforts."
The funding comes from Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program, an initiative designed to help locally-based, non-profit organizations undertake environmental projects. The 23 successful projects in Ontario Region include:
- The second phase of the Scugog Shores Millennium Project, naturalizing a small stormwater channel to reduce the silt entering Lake Scugog in Port Perry by up to 40 per cent;
- a restoration project of forest and meadow habitats in the Oak Ridges Moraine in Richmond Hill and in the 16 Mile Creek and Credit River watersheds in Oakville and Mississauga through planting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, plus education in habitat restoration;
- a water protection home visits project in the Municipality of West Grey that also includes distribution of water stewardship kits, conducting an educational water protection clinic and collecting commitments to action pledges; and,
- a project encouraging Ottawa residents to replace exterior incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent "green" bulbs, designed to save 35 tonnes of CO2 emissions for 350 replaced bulbs.
To be eligible for EcoAction funding, projects must result in positive, measurable environmental benefits and build public awareness of priority environmental issues such as air quality, climate change, water quality and species at risk. The projects must also respond to community needs and obtain matching funding or in-kind support from other sponsors. Submission deadlines for proposals to the EcoAction program are February 1st and October 1st of each year.
A list of the recently approved projects and information on the EcoAction program can be found on Environment Canada's web site, The Green Lane.