MINISTER VOLPE ANNOUNCES OVER $580,000 FOR COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS IN ONTARIO
TORONTO, May 13, 2005 - The Honourable Joseph Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on behalf of the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of the Environment, today announced that 21 community environmental projects in Ontario will receive Government of Canada contributions worth $580,697.
"These projects will yield environmental benefits locally and serve as models to inspire similar positive actions in communities across Ontario and throughout Canada," said Minister Volpe. "As Minister responsible for Ontario, I extend my congratulations to the recipient organizations as they embark on forging a healthier environmental future for generations to come."
The funding comes from Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program, an initiative designed to help locally-based, non profit organizations undertake environmental projects that lead to measurable results and increased awareness of the role that Canadians can play in addressing environmental issues.
Nationally, 114 approved projects represent a commitment by the Government of Canada of over $3.5 million.
Half of EcoAction's annual budget goes to projects aimed at cleaner air and water and/or protecting sensitive species and habitat. The other half is reserved for community projects supporting the One-Tonne Challenge, an initiative encouraging Canadians to reduce their annual greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne. The One-Tonne Challenge is one part of Canada's refined climate change plan announced April 13, 2005.
Entitled Moving Forward on Climate Change: A Plan for Honouring our Kyoto Commitment, it is the first phase of Project Green a national project to create a healthier environment and a stronger economy by combining the efforts of all Canadians to build a more sustainable future.
The next submission deadline for proposals to the EcoAction program is October 1, 2005. A backgrounder listing successful projects is attached. More information on EcoAction can be found at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/.
More information about Moving Forward on Climate Change can be found at: http://www.climatechange.gc.ca.
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