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Funding for Freshwater Projects

MP Van Bynen and Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid discussing the protection and restoration of Lake Simcoe

Lake Simcoe is the largest inland lake in southern Ontario and a significant source of water for Newmarket-Aurora and hundreds of thousands of Canadians. The watershed also contains significant natural, urban, and agricultural systems including parts of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Excessive phosphorus runoff from urban and agricultural sources has led to an increase in nuisance algal blooms in Lake Simcoe. It is the most significant cause of degraded water quality in the lake. These issues are further exacerbated by invasive species and the effects of climate change.

Through the Freshwater Action Plan, we launched the Lake Simcoe Freshwater Ecosystem Initiative, which will provide funding for Indigenous groups, organizations, and municipalities with projects that aim to reduce phosphorus loads to the lake.

Projects can receive up to $150,000 per year and may span up to three years. 

I encourage groups with eligible projects to learn how to apply today.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. EST on March 22, 2024.

Other Freshwater Ecosystem Initiatives include:

The deadline for the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg, and Lake of the Woods funding is February 15, 2024. The Wolastoq/Saint John River funding is due on March 22, 2024.

The EcoAction Community Funding Program is also open for applications. This program provides financial support to non-profit and non-government organizations for Canadian communities to take on local action-based projects that produce measurable, positive effects on the environment. Applications are due by March 22, 2024.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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